Broccoli and blueberries might have ruled the superfood roost for eons, but, according to health experts, there are several new kids on the block currently earning this coveted status. Here are just some of the new breeds of superfoods to sniff out at supermarkets this year.
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Quinoa is no stranger to superfood advocates, but its close cousins farro and teff are also steadily basking in the spotlight this year.
Farro is similar to rice in appearance and boasts a nutty flavour. It can be added to soups, salads or made into a breakfast cereal, giving it excellent versatility. As far as nutrition goes, farro scores top marks. It’s bursting with goodness, especially fibre, protein and B vitamins.
Teff is a gluten-free grain stemming from Ethiopia. It’s used like flour, where it can be added to baking or to thicken sauces, or served like a polenta. Teff’s list of health benefits are endless. As well as being high in calcium, fibre and protein, this grain can promote good digestion and satiety, while supporting those with insulin sensitivity.
If you’ve never heard of tiger nuts before, expect this to change soon. This upcoming superfood is fast catching the attention of healthy types, thanks to its impressive nutritional content. Packed with magnesium, potassium, iron and fibre, tiger nuts also make for a refreshing milk alternative. Incidentally, tiger nuts aren’t nuts, but are actually tubers from small root vegetables. So, although they have a nutty taste, they can still be enjoyed by anyone with a nut allergy.
Kefir is a rising star in the superfood world, and its popularity is only set to burgeon this year and beyond. Similar to yoghurt, but served as a drink, kefir is made from fermented grains and milk. What makes kefir join the superfood ranks is that it’s a rich source of calcium and protein. It’s also lauded for being high in gut-friendly probiotic bacteria, making it a great, natural choice for anyone with tummy troubles.
The word superfood often goes hand in hand with berries, so it’s no wonder that golden berries are ones to watch out for in 2019. These yellow, marble-sized berries originate from South America, and actually have more in common with tomatoes than berries. Boasting both a sweet and sour tang, golden berries can be added to salads or used in baking, but it’s their health benefits that are the main attraction. Loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and anti-inflammatory properties, they’re a must-have for anyone looking to stay on top form. Plus, as a low-calorie food, they may assist with weight loss.
Products made from hemp, in particular CBD oil, are currently causing a stir, so expect to see more of these in shops as the year progresses. CBD is already finding its way into baked products, chocolate, drinks, cooking oils and spreads, although it’s still most commonly sold in tinctures and capsules. Research into CBD and hemp-derived products is still very much ongoing, but there’s mounting evidence to suggest that it comes loaded with health benefits. As well as improving cognitive and metabolic bodily functions, this oil is thought to reduce pain, inflammation and anxiety.