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Transcript of SUPERFOODS
While the term "superfood" may not be used regularly by dietitians nor nutrition scientists, the term refers to a type of food that contains many nutritional values that are beneficial to our bodies. There is no specific set of "superfoods", and opinion may vary, but they are traditionally very high in vitamins and can fight against Cancer cells.
Strawberries are widely grown for their fruit. It is appreciated for it's taste, aroma, texture and colour. Strawberries of different species grow all over the world, but the most eaten species is the Garden strawberry (Fragasia ananassa). The largest commercial strawberry producers in the word are in the United States, Turkey, Spain, Egypt and Mexico. Some popular dishes that incorporate strawberries are strawberry pie, juices, ice cream, salad and milkshakes.
The bean is a common name referring to a large plant seed. Beans are a part of the Fabaceae family which include over 30 species. The top 5 dry bean producers in the world are India, Brazil, Burma, China, and the United States. However, beans can be found all over the world in many different shapes, sizes, colours and flavours. Some popular dishes have beans include: chili, burritos, quesadillas, taquitos, split-pea soup, hummus and many others!
Adding Seaweed to my Diet
Considering that roasted Nori is my favourite snack, sometimes I tend to eat more than the recommended amount of this green vegetable. From eating this, I get my vitamins A, C and calcium! Overall, seaweed is definitely a staple in my diet and it replaces many snack foods like chips or junk food.
Seaweed is apart of the algae family and normally has a slimy green texture or can be roasted for a crunchy paper-like texture. The edible seaweed varieties include brown, green and red. The most commonly eaten varieties are the brown and red species. Seaweed can be found in the ocean all over the world. There is no avoiding seaweed! Seaweed can be added to any meal, but some popular dishes with seaweed include Miso soup, Soba soup, Green Nori salad, Gomae and Spaghetti del Mar.
Seaweed contains vitamins A, C, and is also a source of calcium. Its best known benefit is that it contains a great amount of iodine. Seaweed can also regulate levels of estrogen and estradiol. Many studies have also shown that seaweed is a potent source of anti-oxidants and also helps prevent inflammation.
Consuming strawberries activates natural mechanisms in the brain that clean out toxic proteins from our bodies reducing chances of memory loss. One serving of eight strawberries has more vitamin C than an orange. They are also rich in fiber, folate and potassium. The acid in strawberries whiten teeth! Strawberries also have anti-inflammatory properties that unblock enzymes promoting inflammation.
Adding Strawberries to my Diet
Adding strawberries to my diet throughout the year will help because of all of it's toxic-fighting properties. It contains a lot of vitamin C in just a small amount of fruit. It wont be hard for me to add strawberries to my diet since they are so very tasty in my opinion! Nutrients in the strawberries are also said to fight against cancer cells.
Beans are full of insoluble fiber, which helps lower cholesterol! They are also rich in soluble fiber, which fills you up and helps your body get rid of toxic waste. They're also a good, low-fat source of protein, carbohydrates, magnesium, and potassium. Some beans such as edemame are full of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Beans contain fiber which aid in preventing chronic diseases such as Cancer or diabetes. The protein content of both meat and beans are very high, but meat contains no fiber at all.
Adding Beans to my Diet
Since the common canadian only consumes 15 grams of fiber daily, I am confident that if I consume more beans throughout my life, overall health will strengthen because like I mentioned before, fiber cleanses the body of toxins and decreases chances of chronic diseases.
By Kallista Dittrick-Katevatis