Kooma Top Five Superfoods

In the cold winter months it is easy to overeat, especially during the indulgent festive period, but how can we avoid those fatty, sugary comfort foods and stay healthy when salad is the last thing on our minds and all we want to do is snuggle up and pop open that tin of biscuits?

Here are the Kooma Top Five Superfoods that no cupboard, fridge or bowl should be without...

You know what they say... ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’ and while that might not be guaranteed, they certainly go a long way in keeping you fit and healthy. Chock full of antioxidants, apples are fantastic for healthy skin and gums, they can lower blood cholesterol levels and keep the digestive system healthy. One apple provides a quarter of your daily requirement of vitamin C, and with over 7,500 varieties of the fruit there’s no chance of getting bored with your one daily apple.

The health benefits of fish have been well-publicised of late. Rich in Omega-3, which can reduce blood clotting and inflammation, fish should be a staple of anybody’s healthy diet - where possible of course. Fish has become commonly known as ‘brain food’ as its slow energy release can improve concentration and productivity. It can also help ease depression and protect against the onset of dementia and is a great source of protein, vitamins and minerals, so is a truly a super food.

Brazil nuts
A handful of nuts four times a week gives protection against heart disease and is a great way to satisfy between-meal food cravings. Brazil nuts are particularly good because of their high selenium content, which has been proved to protect against cancer, depression and the onset of Alzheimer's disease. As with olive oil - which has great health benefits - nuts contain monosaturates, which is known to lower cholesterol levels. However, the calorie count in nuts can be high, so it is wise to enjoy them in moderation.

We all hear about the so-called friendly bacteria in our bodies and how if we drink certain products and eat this and that we will reap reward, but what exactly does this mean? Yogurt contains bacteria known as Lactobacillus GG, which aren’t actually digested by the stomach. When they reach the large intestine they are still intact and group together with existing good bacteria. These then line the stomach with protection against the baddies that can cause gastrointestinal upsets.

Baked beans
An unusual one, baked beans are predominantly known for their, ahem, windy properties! But surprisingly the humble baked bean is a nutritional powerhouse, providing protein, fibre, iron and calcium. Their carbohydrates are of the low GI variety, which are digested slowly and gradually absorbed into the bloodstreams, meaning you won’t have the dramatic highs and lows of manufactured sugary foods. The tomato sauce in a tin of baked beans is a fabulous source of the antioxidant lycopene, which can help prevent heart disease and prostate cancer.

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