Benefits of superfoods for maintaining a healthy weight
Sustainable weight management is essentially about eating a balanced diet and keeping the body active. Some “superfoods” may also assist in various ways and include:
- Spirulina ‐ Spirulina is a rich source of nutrients, containing up to 70% protein as well as B vitamins, phycocyanin, chlorophyll, vitamin E, beta‐carotene and various minerals. Because of its high nutrient content, spirulina may help provide the body with an extra boost to support daily nutritional needs.
- Chia – Chia seeds are a good source of dietary fiber and other important nutrients.1 Fiber is important for weight maintenance as it promotes satiety and decreases feelings of hunger.2
- Green tea – Green tea is thought to contain substances that support a healthy metabolism.3 In addition, green tea provides your body with important antioxidants and other beneficial substances.
- Berries – Most berries have a low glycemic index, which has a favorable impact on blood sugar balance.4 Low GI foods help keep you full, energized and may encourage the body to burn fat.5 Conversely, eating mostly high GI foods will leave you feeling tired, hungry and craving more sugar. It also lowers the speed at which the body burns fat.5
As part of a healthy diet that helps you maintain a healthy weight range you could consider mixing a superfood blend with berries, chia and/or supergreens into a morning smoothie or snack for a nutritious and delicious start to the day, perfect for when you are busy or on the run.
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Published August 15, 2014
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