ELLE Food Column – Superfoods 2016

Here are the new superfood stars of this year

Every year there are new superfoods that arise within the world of health. ELLE health expert Sophia Sorgen tells us about the new superfoods 2016. Personally I think the hype around the ‘new superfoods? are often a bit over the top, but it’s nice to add new foods to our arsenal. So here some of this years new superfood stars.

Baobab
This African tree fruit is a rising star within the superfoods world. The fruits grow on the Baobab tree in Africa and is known as the ‘tree of life’. The tree not only produces this nutrient-rich fruits, but also water the tree is praised for nutritional properties. The baobab fruit is rich in fiber and antioxidants and contains six times the amount of vitamin C as an orange.

Teff
This Ethiopian gluten-free seed is rich in calcium, iron, protein and amino acids. This grain can replace wheat flour based recipe every order anything from pizza dough to waffles. Teff grains are the size of a poppy seed and are full of manganese, thiamine, vitamin K, and zinc.

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Fermented foods
Fermented foods such as sauerkraut from the barrel, miso soup, kombucha and Apple Cider Vinegar, sit for a while in a pot or container until their sugars and carbohydrates are converted into good bacteria with true superpowers. These probiotic powerhouses are good bacteria that your digestive system can help with many health problems.

Super Waters
Super waters, seriously? Yes! Many people already know the benefits of sipping coconut water. Meanwhile, there are other alternatives such as hydrating maple, birch cactus and water. Birch water, which comes from the sap of the birch, begins to slowly gain popularity. It has a natural sweet taste and, moreover, they are low in calories. Cactus water is also gaining ground, it really is not all that different from coconut water, except that it is lower in sugar and calories.

Bentonite Clay
Praised for its cleansing and detoxifying properties, Bentonite Clay is highly absorbent and beneficial both internally and externally. Clay consists ash from volcanoes, which are usually harvested in the US, France and Italy. This detoxifying agent captures heavy metal, radiation, bad bacteria, reduces inflammation and helps to alkaline the body, making it one of the most powerful detoxify ingredients.

Bone Broth
This fine broth has been a favorite of mine and the benefits of broth with shank are plentiful. It is simple to make and provides collagen and gelatin that healthy hair and nails as well as helping rich in protein and rich in minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium and phosphorus promotes healing disturbed digestion.

Mushrooms
These fungi are suddenly in the spotlight, they are rich in vitamin D. They are also a good source of B vitamins, which help energy by breaking down proteins, fats and carbohydrates, and play an important role in the nervous system. Beta-glucans in mushrooms strengthen immunity and help fight allergies. The selenium and ergothioneine may help protect our cells from damage from chronic diseases.

Lots of love,
Sophia

Do you have a question about nutrition and how it works or want to know whether something is real or a nutrition myth? Send an email to actie@elleeten.nl o.v.v. “Sophia Sorgen” and Sophia might answer your question in a future blog.