5 superfoods that you should include in your diet. Are they really as necessary as they tell us? We have asked the best experts in nutrition about 5 of the most fashionable superfoods: Kakadu, oat bran, acai, Goji berries and spirulina. That our diet is changing by leaps and bounds is a fact and among such variation, a term that does not stop repeating is that of superfood. They tell us that they are good for fighting infections, that they prevent diseases, they satisfy us and they may even help us burn fat. What is true in all this? With the help of experts we wanted to analyze the properties and nutrients of these 5 superfoods that are now fashionable to help you decide if you should include them in your meals or if, on the contrary, you are better without them.
It is the fruit of a tropical palm tree that grows in Central and South America. Its size is similar to that of the grape and its purple colour. Acai berries are rich in vitamin A, B and C, as well as containing omega-3. It also ensures that it has 33 times more antioxidants than red wine. However, the grape that grows in various parts of Spain also provides antioxidants, fibre, potassium, magnesium, calcium and folic acid.
Goji berries are grown in China and contain many antioxidants, “but not more than plums, raisins, raspberries and other red fruits,” recalls nutritionist Anna Saulo. It was said that the Dalai Lama himself took them, even though it was later discovered that this was not the case: they were cultivated in China and made to believe that the origin was Tibet to confer prestige on them and thus increase their price.
It is known as the alga with miraculous properties. It grows in some lakes in Nigeria, Chad and Cameroon. Years ago, the FAO considered that it could be a good food for some countries with difficulties in supplying protein, quite the opposite that occurs in Spain. “Although spirulina algae is not a better source of protein than milk or meat, its price per gram is up to 30 times higher,” says dietitian Anna Saulo.
This plum-sized fruit contains up to five grams of vitamin C per 100 grams, the world record for vitamin C, about 100 times more than orange. “Why do so far to look for vitamin C if we have it next to it! I have never tried Kakadu, but in Spain, there are oranges with a wonderful flavour that ripen in the sun and provide more than enough vitamin C,” she says. Dr Luis Serra, Professor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
Dr Pierre Dukan made gold with his famous diet selling kilos and more kilos of oat bran on reimbursement. It contains more than twice as much fat as wheat, 80% of which are unsaturated. In addition, it has a high fibre content.