5 Foreign Superfoods to Include into the US Diet
It is well-known that some peoples live longer and healthier lives than others, and that one of the key longevity and heath factors is nutrition. Would you like to add variety to your daily meals and reap a harvest of health benefits as you do? Then hurry up to discover 5 foreign superfoods that will easily fit into the traditional US diet! The purple color of Imo sweet potatoes serves as an indicator of its rich beta-carotene content, as well as an abundance of antioxidants (150% more than in blueberries). This superfood vegetable is easy to cook and include in almost every eating plan. If you can’t find the purple variation, opt for the better-known orange one – it offers a similar set of health benefits.
Have you ever thought that turmeric - the spice that gives Indian curry its rich yellow color – can be infused and enjoyed in the liquid form of tea? Turmeric tea is a powerful superfood (or superdrink?) that can soothe inflammation and ward off or fight cancer.
Exotic mangosteen makes a long way to get to the shelves of US supermarkets. Grown in Indonesia, the fruit hides its sweet white flesh loaded with vitamins A and C and antioxidants underneath a thick purple rind. Mangosteen can be eaten fresh, but if you can’t find it, don’t feel frustrated – mangosteen juice is more widely available. Moreover, you can also enjoy all the health benefits of the tropical delight in tea form.
Mustard greens are a great source of vitamin K (most Americans fail to get the recommended daily intake of this vitamin); they also work towards the improvement of your blood and bone strength. If you don’t know how to eat the bitterish leaves, do it the Icarian way (Icaria is a region in Greece, where 30% of people live to the age of 90 without any sign of Alz’s): boil and toss with extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice.
The Barramundi does not prey on smaller fish, which means it does not consume mercury or toxins. Packed with omega-3 fatty acids, the finned wonder is a healthy superfood for pregnant women. Its flaky white meat is also beneficial for heart and brain.
Explore local supermarkets, go on a dietary quest and make your diet more sophisticated, beneficial and entertaining by adding any of the above-listed superfoods – or all at once - to your meals!