Super food trends of 2017

The health foods that are predicted to reign supreme in 2017

Moringa powder is a great addition to a smoothie.

Moringa powder is a great addition to a smoothie.

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As public awareness towards the importance of nutrition increases, so does the desire to discover foods that improve the overall health of people. Foods that provide a wide range of health benefits are given the nickname of “super-foods.”  These foods can improve all aspects of health by providing the human body with vital vitamins and minerals in a natural way. In 2016 many superfoods were discovered and praised for their natural abilities. Among these superfoods were the purple acai berry, leafy green kale, and bright matcha powder. While these diverse super-foods reigned supreme in 2016, they are now considered “outdated” with the discovery of new foods that provide even more health benefits. Some super-foods you can expect to see in the New Year include baobab fruit, sea vegetables, and moringa powder.

Moringa:

Moringa powder is created by grinding up the leaves of the moringa plant, a tropical plant native to South Asia. The moringa plant was even deemed “plant of the year” in 2008 by the National Institute of Health for its expansive range of health properties. According to draxe.co, proven benefits of the plant include “provides antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, balances hormones, slows the effects of aging, aids digestive health, balances blood sugar, stabilizes mood, and protects brain health.” Not only does moringa powder have a plethora of health enhancing properties, but it also contains, according to draxe.com, “two times the amount of protein of yogurt, four times the amount of vitamin A as carrots, three times the amount of potassium as bananas, four times the amount of calcium as cows’ milk, and seven times the amount of vitamin C as oranges.” The most common way people incorporate moringa into their diet is through its powder, which can be ordered online and easily be added into home-made smoothies.

Sea vegetables:

Sea vegetables are becoming a new addition to many dishes because of its numerous health properties and significant flavor. Some popular examples of sea vegetables include: kelp, nori, chlorella, spirulina, and wakame. Sea vegetables are not considered plants or animals and are easily harvested and abundant throughout the world. According to mindbodygreen.com, some health properties of sea vegetables include “tumor reduction, inhibition of cancer cell proliferation, free radical scavenging, and an abundance of essential minerals such as iodine and iron.” In addition to the nutritional benefits sea vegetables have to offer, they also add a salty, umami flavor to meals. Sea vegetables can be found year round at grocery stores in a dried form, which can be added to soups and other meals.

Baobab:

The prehistoric baobab tree is prevalent throughout the arid regions of Africa. The tree grows an incredibly nutrient dense fruit that has been used by native Africans for years and is finally gaining well-deserved popularity within the modern world. The baobab fruit can be made into oils and powders which provide a plethora of health benefits. According to organicfacts.net, “Some of the most important health benefits of baobab include its ability to boost the immune system, build bone strength, soothe the gastrointestinal system, prevent chronic disease, lower inflammation, reduce blood pressure, and stimulate growth and repair.” These benefits can be easily achieved by incorporating baobab into your diet; the fruit’s leaves can be eaten raw, seeds raw or roasted, and it is commonly made into an oil or powder form. Although buying fresh baobab is difficult, it can commonly be found in powder or oil form in health food stores and online.

Ultimately, experimenting with super-foods trends should be considered. They can have a variety of health benefits and you may end up loving it. According to Senior Charlee Dunn, “I read about the health benefits of sea vegetables and decided to try them since I like sushi. I now love snacking on roasted nori, which is easily found at my local grocery store!” Hopefully, all the new super-food trends bring us good health throughout the new year.

Dried sea veggies can easily be found in local grocery stores.

Baobab is also most commonly used in powder form.

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