With everything from coconut oil to black pudding being hailed as a superfood, it can be easy to get confused about which ones are really worth buying.
When it boils down to it, you want to be eating foods that are rich in nutrients to form a healthy diet so we’ve cut through all the jargon to put together a list of products that really live up to the hype.
Next time you’re in the supermarket, make sure these are on your shopping list!
It might be considered a ‘hipster food’ but there’s a reason that kale is so popular. The leafy green contains a long list of must-have nutrients including vitamin B6, dietary fibre, calcium, potassium, vitamin E, vitamin B2, iron,magnesium, vitamin B1, omega-3 fatty acids, phosphorus, protein, folate, and niacin. Surely reason enough to pop it into your salad?
On the topic of greens, spinach is another great choice as it contains vitamins A, C and E, folic acid, iron and calcium.
Firstly, sweet potato is DELICIOUS. Whether eaten as fries, roasted in the oven or mashed with some mango chutney (try it!), this versatile vegetable contains fibre, potassium and is loaded with Vitamin A, which boosts bone growth, your immune system, vision and your reproductive system.
Vitamin A is also known as retinol, which you’ll probably recognise from skincare adverts, and it can have a really good impact on the signs of ageing and problem skin.
Another very tasty addition to the diet, chopped strawberries can really brighten up your morning porridge/granola and also work really well with natural yogurt as a healthy dessert.
The main reason you should be eating these is that they are one of the top foods in terms of antioxidants, which promote good health and prevent disease. As well as Vitamin C, strawberries contain dietary fibre, iodine, folate, potassium, biotin, phosphorus, magnesium, vitamin B6, and omega-3 fatty acids.
If you haven’t already become addicted to avocados, it’s time to hop on the bandwagon. These creamy fruits are perfect in salads or combined with some coriander and lime juice for delicious guacamole.
High in healthy monosaturated fats, avocados also contain folate, potassium, vitamin E and lutein, meaning that they help lower blood pressure and improve blood flow. They are high in calories though so don’t eat too many!
You probably know already that adding more fish to your diet is a positive thing but you may not know why salmon is a great choice.
Salmon is rich in vitamins and minerals including iron, calcium, selenium and phosphorus, which are great for your hair and nails, as well as Omega-3 fatty acids and amino acids, which are hugely beneficial for your heart health, digestion, metabolism, brain and nervous system.
Nuts are a really positive addition to your diet as they are packed with goodness. Almonds are one of the best of the bunch as they contain vitamin E, biotin, manganese, copper, magnesium, phosphorous, fiber, and heart-healthy monounsaturated fats.
Again, they are high in calories so stick to a small handful as a snack.
The arrival of summer means we’re coming into salad season so make sure that you’ve got some juicy tomatoes in there!
These contain lycopene, vitamins A, C, and K, folic acid, copper, potassium, beta-carotene, lutein, and biotin and help your body’s metabolism.