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Pros and cons of popular superfoods

Solihull Editorial 8th Jun, 2021

MIRACLES do not happen, and there are no products that heal from all diseases at one time. Superfoods work like a power plant or a gas station: they are packed with nutrients, and if you eat them regularly, you will feel the effect pretty quickly. Typically, levels of antioxidants and micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals are 10 times (if not more) higher in superfoods than in regular foods.

However, no superfood will work if your diet consists of takeaway and fast food. In combination with superfoods, there must be a balanced menu. Many athletes like to add superfoods to their diet, and you can follow how it affects their careers at https://bookmaker-ratings.com/, where news and betting tips are published.

Through clinical trials, doctors identify various health benefits of foods. So, this is how superfoods affect our body:

⦁ Reduce the risk of atherosclerosis and blockage of the arteries;

⦁ Lower cholesterol levels;

⦁ Help in the fight against cancer cells;

⦁ Strengthen the immune system;

⦁ Normalize blood pressure;

⦁ Maintain normal blood sugar levels;

⦁ Help to lose weight.

Let’s get a closer inspection at the pros and cons of some common superfoods:

Quinoa

Very popular among those who seek to lose weight. With a relatively low-calorie content, it contains a lot of vegetable protein.

It is because of the protein that nutritionists often recommend it to vegans. Quinoa contains substances that reduce appetite and increase metabolism. In addition, one serving of this superfood provides your daily calcium intake. Anyone who has ever followed a strict “drying” diet, probably noticed how the hair and nails deteriorate, and quinoa just helps to strengthen them without significantly increasing the calorie content.

However, it’s important not to get carried away with this specific product. First, it contains saponins, which are toxic. Secondly, eating too much quinoa can cause stones to form. For those who already have gallstone disease, this product is contraindicated. It is also prohibited for people with gastritis and pancreatitis.

Matcha

This type of powdered tea is widely advertised as a natural and harmless way to get rid of a bad mood, stimulate the brain, improve concentration and work efficiency. Now and then there are publications that matcha inhibits the ageing of the body and shields the surface of the consequences of ultraviolet radiation.

There are more questions than answers. It is known that due to its high caffeine content, this drink activates the brain. For the same reason, coffee and green tea have this property. The rest is for the most part hard-to-guess beliefs.

The difference in powdered tea is that it is consumed with the “leaves”, so we get the maximum of what was in them. Unfortunately, this applies not only to the benefits, but also harmful substances. Plus, the tea leaves absorb lead from the environment, and if you get too carried away with matcha, there is a risk of getting poisoned. In addition, this powdered tea, like any product with a high caffeine content, is dangerous for hypertensive patients.

Other popular superfoods are:

⦁ Yoghurt

⦁ Spinach

⦁ Avocados

⦁ Berries

⦁ Nuts

⦁ Apples

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