Superfoods are still king when it comes to healthy eating. You'll already know all about the brilliance of blueberries, broccoli and salmon, but what about black pudding, tree water and teff? They're just three of the newbies making the 20156 superfoods list, bursting through the mainstream and into our cupboards. Here we reveal the best superfoods for weight loss, delicious superfood smoothies and even anti-ageing.
Best Superfood for Providing Protein and Iron: Black Pudding
Fry-up fans rejoice, we really did say black pudding. The greasy breakfast staple is being hailed as the superfood of 2016 thanks to its high levels of iron, potassium, calcium and magnesium. As well as being packed with minerals missing from modern diets, the sausage, made fom pig's blood, is a great source of protein and practically carb-free.
‘It’s been interesting to note how our customers are changing their ordering habits depending on the new buzz words in clean eating,’ said MuscleFood’s Darren Beale, in reference to the site’s superfood predictions for 2016, which include black beans, seaweed and avocado oil. ‘Some of the foods we have named have been on the up for a while like avocado oil and maca root, but others like mushrooms and black pudding have been a total surprise to us,’ he added. Meanwhile butchers in Scotland are expecting sales of black pudding to treble in the next five years.
However it is worth noting that black pudding is also classed as high in fat, with the content being around 15 to 20 per cent. It is also relatively high in calories, at between 250 to 300kcal per 100g, and is "reasonably" high in salt, at 2g/100g on average. Obviously as with anything, moderation is key, and luckily as black pudding is very filling, you can get a lot of your iron from a small portion. We know what we'll be having for breakfast tomorrow.
2016 Superfoods: The Hit List
- Black beans
- Avocado oil
- Natural sweeteners
- Plant-based proteins
- Black pudding
- Sprouted grains (unlike whole grains, they have begun germination so are easier to digest)
- Maca root (Peruvian ginseng)
- Kohlrabi (‘turnip cabbage, aka, the new kale)
- Teff (the new ‘IT’ grain)
- Black rice
- Tree water
- Sweet potato flour
- Teres Major (a super-lean cut of meat)
Best Superfood For Immune Boosting Power: MACQUI BERRY
Originating from Chile, the Macquiberry is one of the most antioxidant-rich foods. Buy in powder form from Whole Foods or fresh from specialist health stores and add to juices, smoothies and dessert. “This superfood contains anti-aging compounds and an abundance of vitamin C, calcium, iron and potassium, which are all fantastic for helping to ward off diseases and keep you healthy,” says nutritionist Marisa Peer.
Super Power Stars: 5/5
Best Superfood for Digestion: KEFIR
Kim Kardashian’s favourite, apparently. The fermented milk drink from Eastern Europe is emerging as a Superfood. “It’s packed with protein, calcium, b vitamins, is low in fat and contains live ‘friendly’ bacteria,’ which is can contribute to a healthy gut and can boost the immune system,’ says Bridget Benelam, Senior Nutrition Scientist at the British Nutrition Foundation.”
Super Power Stars: 3/5
Best Superfood for Weight Loss: AMARANTH
Farewell quinoa, there’s a new super grain in town. “Native to Central America, amaranth contains more protein than other grains,” explains Bridget. “This means it’s likely to keep you feeling fuller for longer and this can really keep your calories intake down when you’re trying to lose weight. It’s also so high in fibre, which is great for beating the bloat.” Have it instead of rice or cous cous for a filling, nutritious dinner.
Super Power Stars: 5/5
Best Superfood for De-Bloating: RAW GOURMET SPIRULINA
Unlike regular spirulina, the freshwater algae famous for it’s immune-boosting qualities, the raw version tastes better and is even more powerful. “It contains chlorophyll to help detoxify the body, keeping bloating at bay,” says nutritionist Julie Silver. “It’s also got all eight essential amino acids as well as digestible protein, which helps build muscle mass – great for fitness – and enables the body to burn more calories. And all-round great superfood.” Gourmet Spirulina Nips, Petals and Crunchies can be sprinkled onto any dish or desserts, or eaten in a dried fruit mix.”
Super Power Stars:5/5
Best Superfood for Dairy Intolerance: HEMP MILK
A creamy milk with a nutty flavour derived from the Cannabis sativa plant. Don’t worry, you’re not getting the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) ‘drug’ part. Hemp producers use less than 0.3 percent THC. They blend seeds with water, then the mixture is filtered.“Hemp seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which can keep cholesterol and blood pressure in check,” says Peer. “If you have milk or allergies or are lactose intolerant, hemp is a great alternative.” Buy it from Ocado or health shops such as Holland & Barrett.
Super Power Stars: 3/5
Best Superfood for Anti-Ageing: CHAGA MUSHROOMS
You might struggle to find the mushroom at your local Tesco but the powdered form or tonic is just as beneficial and available online or from health foods shops. “If you’re buying the tonic, look for a brand that has a low alcohol percentage – the higher preservative the lower quality of Chaga,” says founder of exploreraw.com, Stephanie Jeffs. “Chaga is packed with SOD (Superoxide Distomas), a potent anti-oxidant and a known ‘DNA-protector,’ to keep your body young.”
Super Power Stars: 4/5