Although the term “superfood” might not sound exceptionally scientific, there has been a lot of research done into the most nutritious foods, and that research has elevated certain fruits and vegetables to the status of superfoods. ASEA explains that “Superfoods are the most nutrient-dense fruits, vegetables, and plants from around the world.”
You'll be happy to know that no matter where you live or travel to on this globe, you will find a variety of these foods for your dietary needs. If you have a specific diet regimen, are extremely health conscious, or are looking to better your food choices, adding superfoods into your diet can make a world of difference. And speaking of traveling the globe, you’ll be pleased to know that there are a number of delicious superfoods in Italy. Let's get acquainted with four of Italy’s staple superfoods that we've come to know and love!
It has a way of grabbing your attention when you step into the kitchen. A strong aroma guaranteed to add a tasty kick to your dish. Garlic is definitely a traditional ingredient in Italian cuisine. Filled with Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, manganese and selenium, onegreenplanet.org reports this superfood has numerous medicinal properties that can help prevent illnesses, from colds to dementia.
This oil is expelled from the olive fruit (which makes it a superfood) and is rich in antioxidant. The best known oil to help lower cholesterol levels which reduces heart problems. There are different types of olive oils on the market. The most recommended type to buy is suggested to be the extra virgin cold-pressed olive oil. So delicious to drizzle on your salad or pizza, plain or infused with your favorite herbs.
One word: lycopene. The powerful cancer-fighting compound found in tomatoes qualifies it as a superfood. Health.com reports that it may help protect women from breast cancer, and is most effective when consumed in cooked tomatoes. So on your next pasta night, pour on the sauce! Got garlic? Make it a double whammy of goodness!
Remember in the beginning, we said superfoods are the most nutrient-dense foods from around the world. Well, grapes are the top superfood for brain and body. Thanks to flavanoid, an antioxidant responsible for proper cell function, it reduces depression and brain damage from strokes. With its vast vineyard landscapes, whoever says Italy, says wine, right? That makes grape a great contender. Drink to that!
Mamma Mia! What a lovely trip! These four ingredients would make for a wonderful Italian superfood dinner. If you cannot go to Italy, bring it home from your next grocery shopping trip. Cheers to health!