Every week a new super food crashes into our lives and dominates our shopping list as the flavour of the month. Berries! Kale! Sweet potato! Quinoa! Tahini! Oh my, how do you even pronounce acai anyways? I only just learned to spell quinoa!
So what makes a superfood? It’s okay, you don’t have to answer on the spot. Sit down, relax, take a sip from your berry delicious smoothie, I looked into this prestigious classification for us.
Turns out there are no official definitions, like a certified organic label, or noth’n.
So here’s my tiffinition of an S food:
How much can a food heal and healthify a body based on its concentration of rich nutrients, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, good fats and healthy-as enzymes?
Secondly, how much can proposed S food treat, lower the risk of, or prevent disease? Just like that famous health guru Hippocrates said “let food be thy medicine.”
Thirdly, will it help my healthy glow?
Fourthly, does it taste any good?*
*Fourth point is irrelevant.
The longer Tiffinition:
A superfood must not only be an excellent source of nutrients, but also house a plethora of antioxidents, vitamins and phytonutrients. Phytonutrients come from plants. As plants don’t have black belts and can’t fight their enemies, they protect themselves by producing chemicals that shield them from ultraviolet light, crazy weather, animals, insects and disease. These are phytonutrients, or as I think of them ‘fighting nutrients.’
More Good stuff, less bad stuff
Many healthy foods also sometimes contain unhealthy bits and bobs as well. Some healthy foods are high in calories, fat or cholesterol. Superfoods contain close to zero of the bad stuff.
Superfoods should also be chemical free, absent of toxins, hormones, antibiotics, artificial ingredients, pesticides and food dyes.
Immune System Improvement or Disease Prevention
Superfoods offer significant health benefits, such as lowering the risk of developing certain types of cancer, or helping to alleviate the symptoms of other sicknesses, and feeling gross.
Pertaining to this, is my fav kangaroo meat a superfood?
It’s low calorie with less than 2% fat and almost no saturated fat. It has levels of protein and zinc higher than other meats (you can so tell from the gorgeous redness of the meat!). It has double the iron of fish, twice as much superstar B Vitamins such as Vitamin B12, B6, Niacin, riboflavin and thiamin. It really is quite S.U.P.E.R (Salubrious/Undervalued/Pictureofhealth/Economic/Roo!).
Roo is not only lean, but also very clean meat. Kangaroos aren’t farmed. They’re completely free-range animals and harvested in their own environment. They are free to eat all those phytonutrients all day long that make them healthy, and you healthier.
So what you eat is a lean red meat that’s free from antibiotics, added growth hormones, added chemicals and toxins.
So what ya reckon? Does Roo qualify as a superfood?
I think kangaroo not only qualifies as a super food, but a super-duper food!