Who wants to know about several lesser known superfoods? Then check out today’s guest post by Leon Harris!
We all know that leafy greens like spinach and kale are chock full of vitamins that help us to look and feel our best, that blueberries are one of the best sources of antioxidants to fight harmful free radicals, and that salmon contains essential omega-3 fatty acids that could prevent heart disease and even degenerative mental disorders. In this era of unparalleled access to information it’s not difficult to find these types of nutritional factoids.
And yet, there are tons of superfoods out there that simply don’t get as much air time. Perhaps they’re not quite as multi-talented as the items listed above, which seem to meet several needs. But they can still add to a diverse and satisfying diet, not to mention offering plenty of healthful benefits to consumers. Here are a few that you might have discounted simply because you didn’t realize how much they had to offer.
1. Garlic and onions.
Many people write these items off as nothing more than added flavor in a recipe, or worse, a garnish. But garlic and onions both provide health benefits that may surprise you. Together they pack a one-two punch to power up your immune system. Garlic, on the one hand, has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, while the sulfur and polyphenol compounds found in onions could boost immune function. And with bunches of vitamins to recommend them, as well, you have no reason not to add these super and flavorful foods to your diet.
These fun and tasty veggies may not hold a candle to the powerful punch packed by their leafy or cruciferous cousins on the green-food scale, but they’ve got a lot to offer in addition to their delicious flavor. Not only do they feature heart-healthy benefits and plenty of essential vitamins, but peas also bring beta carotene and lutein to the table, both of which can contribute to maintaining or even improving vision.
You’ll know these items more commonly as beans, and there are many varieties to choose from, including standards like black or kidney beans, as well as lentils, chickpeas, and the like. In addition, you’ll find that there are myriad uses for these handy foods, as they can be added to soups, salads, and stews, or even served as a side dish, just for example. But why should you add them to your diet? As you probably know, they provide you with plenty of fiber, which is essential for a healthy digestive system. And they’re a great source of complex carbohydrates that will keep you feeling full and satisfied. But they can also reduce cholesterol levels, reducing the risk for common conditions like heart disease and diabetes and making them a great addition to any diet.
You can eat them raw in salads or mash them up for a sauce, but either way the tomato is one superfood you can’t afford to pass up. With a slew of vitamins, powerful antioxidants, and heart-healthy benefits, to boot, this tasty food is a shoe in for the superfood hall of fame.
For all you know, this mild veggie is only good as a crunchy counterpoint to peanut butter or hummus. It’s certainly not going to give you the same nutrients as a bariatric advantage multivitamin. And yet, there’s more to celery than meets the eye. With virtually no fat or cholesterol, celery can definitely contribute to a healthy heart, but it also contains nutrients like vitamins A, C, K, and B6, as well as vital electrolytes like sodium, potassium, and magnesium (among other vitamins and minerals), offering a natural source of nutrients that you might otherwise miss out on.
About the Author
Leon Harris is a contributing writer for Bariatric Choice. Harris lives in Southern California, and enjoys eating healthy and exercising with his two Golden Retrievers.
Do you know of any superfoods that haven’t really made the news?