The e-book “Fit and Sexed” discusses 10 superfoods that will help you lead a healthy life. In this post we’ll list them and let you know why.
Quinoa = is a species of goosefoot grown primarily as a pseudo-cereal crop. Although technically neither a grain nor a cereal, it is generally considered to be a grain crop. Quinoa comes from the Andean region of South America, where it has been an important food for 6,000 years. Quinoa has come to be highly appreciated for its nutritional value, and the United Nations has classified it as a supercrop for its very high protein content (13%). Unlike wheat or rice (which are low in lysine), quinoa contains a balanced set of essential amino acids for humans, making it an unusually complete foodstuff. This means it takes less quinoa protein to meet one’s needs than wheat protein. Although technically a seed, quinoa is considered a whole grain and a good source of dietary fiber. Quinoa also contains omega-3 fatty acids, which provide benefit to the heart. Quinoa is a good source of phosphorus and is high in magnesium and iron. Quinoa is gluten free and considered easy to digest.
Olive Oil = 40% of the worlds olive oil comes from Spain. Many Italian olive oils are bottled in Italy, but bought from Spain. It decreases LDL, the bad guy cholesterol and increases HDL, the good guy cholesterol. Recently there is some speculation that a compound in Olive Oil is the same as Ibuprofen which is an anti inflammatory. Ibuprofen thins the blood and can aide in heart attacks, strokes, cancers and Alzheimer. Olive Oil is not only a great food , but great for your skin.
Lentils = A sample in India and is eaten twice a day there. Lentils are high in protein, B Vitamins, Folate and cholesterol lowering fiber. It has twice the iron of other legumes. It is also speculated to has anti oxidant qualities.
Wheatgrass juice and green juices = Wheatgrass is a young plant of the genus Agropyron, a relative of wheat. Fresh leaf buds of this plant can be crushed to create a juice or dried to make a powder; the unprocessed plant contains high levels of cellulose which makes it indigestible. It possesses chlorophyll, amino acids, minerals, vitamins, and enzymes. The chlorophyll molecule is similar in structure to hemoglobin, leading some to believe that wheatgrass helps blood flow, digestion and general detoxification of the body. These claims have neither been proven nor disproven.
Vegetables = is a culinary term. Its definition has no scientific value, and is somehow arbitrary and subjective.
Any part of a herbaceous plant that humans eat whole or in part is a vegetable, except for culinary fruits and arguably grains, nuts, herbs, and spices. Also, mushrooms are commonly considered vegetables, despite belonging to a different biological kingdom, namely fungi (which used to be classified as plants).
Vegetables include leaf vegetables (for example lettuce), stem vegetables (asparagus), root vegetables (carrot), flower vegetables (broccoli), bulbs (garlic) and botanical fruits such as cucumbers, squashes, pumpkins, avocados, capsicums, as well as botanical pulses such as green beans, and fleshy, immature seeds such as those of peas or beans.
Since “vegetable” is not a botanical term, there is no contradiction in a plant part being a fruit botanically while still being considered a vegetable (see diagram).
In general, vegetables are thought of as being savoury, and not sweet (with some exceptions, such as rhubarb and pumpkin).
Fruits = In botany, a fruit is the ripened ovary-together with seeds-of a flowering plant. With most fruits pollination is a vital part of fruit culture, and the lack of knowledge of pollinators and pollenizers can contribute to poor crops or poor quality crops. Pollination is an important step in the reproduction of seed plants: the transfer of pollen grains (male gametes) to the plant carpel, the structure that contains the ovule (female gamete).
Almonds = Almonds are a rich source of Vitamin E, containing 24 mg per 100 grammes . They are also rich in monounsaturated fat, one of the two “good” fats responsible for lowering LDL cholesterol.
Flax seeds = Alpha-linolenic acid is one of the two essential fatty acids that humans require. The other is Linoleic acid. They are called “essential” because they can not be produced by the human body. Essential fatty acids should not be confused with essential oils which are not required by the human body. Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) is a polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acid. Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids found in oil from oily fish and vegetable sources such as the seeds of chia, perilla, flax, walnuts, purslane, lingonberry, seabuckthorn, and hemp. Omega-3 fatty acids are classified as essential because they cannot be synthesized in the body; they must be obtained from food.
Important omega-3 fatty acids in human nutrition are: α-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
Brown Rice = Whole grains are believed to be nutritionally superior to refined grains, richer in dietary fiber, antioxidants, protein (and in particular the amino acid lysine), dietary minerals (including magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and selenium), and vitamins (including niacin, vitamin B6, and vitamin E). Manufacturers are sometimes required by law to fortify refined grain products to make up for the loss of vitamins and minerals.
The greater amount of dietary fibre, as much as four times that found in refined grains, is likely the most important benefit, as it has been shown to reduce the incidence of some forms of cancer, digestive system diseases, coronary heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Some of these protective effects occur because carbohydrates from whole grains are digested and enter the bloodstream more slowly (as measured by the glycemic index).
Whole grains are often more expensive than refined grains because their higher oil content is susceptible to rancidification, complicating processing, storage, and transport.
Root Vegetables = are underground plant parts used as vegetables. They are called root vegetables for lack of a better generic term, but include both true roots such as tuberous roots and taproots, as well as non-roots such as tubers, rhizomes, corms, and bulbs. Several types contain both taproot and hypocotyl tissue, and it may be difficult to distinguish the two.