How-to Superfood is a health, recipe, and beauty blog that uses the power of superfoods to inform, instruct, and inspire healthy living!
Superfoods are vibrant, nutritionally dense foods that offer tremendous dietary and healing potential. They are powerful sources of clean protein, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, good fats, essential fatty and amino acids, and other nutrients. Superfoods go the extra mile, turbo charging your body and day with the benefits of hyper nutrition.
There are three gauges to deciphering what is so good about superfoods:
- Nutrient density: Nutrient density refers to the ratio of nutrients per calorie. With that in mind, superfoods give the most nutrients possible for the least amount of calories. Nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients are all taken into account in calculating nutrient density. A nutrient dense superfood is the opposite of an empty overly-processed calorie. The fresher and more whole a food is, the more nutrient dense.
- pH balance: pH balance is the measure of acid/alkaline balance in your body using the pH scale of 1-14. An acidic body becomes a magnet for sickness, disease, and aging. Eating more alkaline foods helps shift your body’s pH and oxygenate your system back into balance. Foods high on the acidic spectrum include refined foods and animal products. To help maintain an ideal pH balance of 7.35-7.45, superfoods are the best.
- Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) Value: ORAC measures the ability of just about any substance to subdue free radicals in the test tube, in essence, a measurement of the antioxidant activity of any food. The higher the ORAC number, the stronger its antioxidant power. Superfood are rich in antioxidants, molecules which protect the cells in the body from harmful free radicals. These free radicals come from sources such as cigarette smoke and alcohol, and are also produced naturally in the body during metabolism. Too many free radicals in the body can result in oxidative stress which, in turn, causing cell damage that can lead to age-related diseases like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.
- Nutrient Density
- pH Balance
- ORAC Value