They have no magical powers, yet many of them are really valuable allies for the health of our bodies. Natural, organic, energetic, nutritious, tasty, highly digestible, draining, slimming, you name it-these are the so-called superfoods, those quality-rich foods that, it seems, we just can’t do without.
Whether it’s a marketing gimmick, or simply an alternative way of naming them, the term superfood is increasingly used especially among food bloggers, culinary experts, chefs, nutritionists, and TV personalities. Surely you’ve heard of them many times, but it’s time to clarify and understand what they are.
Superfood (superfood), in fact, is a marketing term used to refer to foods having purported health-beneficial abilities attributable to a portion of the nutritional characteristics or overall chemical concentration.
Superfoods often enjoy the appellation of functional foods or nutraceutical foods. Two subsets of superfoods are considered to be super fruits (superfruits) and super grains (super cereals, such as couscous, quinoa, amaranth, sesame, teff, etc.).
The powers of superfoods
Many properties are attributed to superfoods, such as energizing and tonic-as in the case of ginseng and guarana-or antioxidant-as in the case of superfruits.
Apparently, moreover, superfoods also exhibit the ability to positively influence one or more physiological functions, so as to preserve or improve the state of health and well-being, perhaps even helping to reduce the risk of occurrence of those diseases related to a certain type of diet.
Whether it is true or not, what we can say with certainty is that certain foods, if included within a healthy and varied diet can certainly help the physiological well-being of our bodies because they are rich in nutrients, proteins, omega-3, minerals, and fibre.
But what are they? They can be divided into several categories:
- Superfruit, fruits.
- Supergrain, grains and cereals.
- Superfoods, are foods that do not fall under the previous categories.
Is couscous a superfood?
Couscous falls into the category of super grains, which are all those foods that among grains and cereals, stand out for their nutritious qualities. Rich in fibre, and protein and low in fat, couscous also contains excellent amounts of minerals such as magnesium, iron and zinc.
Among the benefits of couscous are:
- contains a good amount of fibre
- is rich in vitamins A and B, as well as minerals, magnesium and potassium;
- it is packed with protein;
- it increases energy levels.
No doubt about it, couscous really does have superpowers!
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