There is always talk about the newest fad when it comes to food. Here is a short list of some important superfoods that you should add to your diet.

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1: Kelp

This superfood is actually a marine plant, a large seaweed that grows in the ocean near costal fronts. Kelp is loaded with magnesium, calcium and iodine, a nutrient known to help with thyroid function. However, too much iodine is also not good for you. Therefore consider adding this along with a variety of other superfoods to keep you balanced.

2: Matcha

Matcha is rich in antioxidants to protect against cancer, help with blood sugar levels, and improve blood pressure, along with many other benefits. EGCG, a polyphenol gaining a lot of attention, is also been shown to help boost metabolism and slow or prevent cancer cell growth. Although it has many benefits, you have to watch what you’re buying. Because it has such a strong distinct flavor, many preparations have lots of added sugar to make this taste better. Make sure to be getting raw and natural forms to benefit from this major superfood.

3: Quinoa

This one still makes the list as one of the superfoods you should always have in your cupboard. Since its recent gain in popularity, this fad is here to stay. This grain is packed with nutrients and is high in protein (eight grams of protein for every cup of quinoa). It can be a great replacement for other carbs and grains and can be used in hot or cold dishes like curries and salads.

4: Kale

Although this is not so high on the list of ranked superfoods, it still is packed with loads of vitamins and nutrients. Vitamin K, A, C, manganese, copper, Vitamin B6 are just some one the nutrients packed inside this low-calorie, low-glycemic-index vegetable. In fact, it is also one of the vegetables most concentrated in beta-carotene along with other leafy greens. Try adding this to your salads and smoothies!

5: Watercress

Watercress? Most haven’t heard of this or wouldn’t think this green would be considered a superfood, as it as often used as a garnish. However, when superfoods were ranked in order of nutritional value and nutrient density, this one ranked number one with a nutrient density score of one hundred!

6: Variety is the Spice of Life!

Although individual foods can be ranked on their nutrient value, research and common sense still tells us that variety is key. By combining a variety of colors and foods, we can ensure we get a wide variety of nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants. There is truly no ONE answer when it comes to diet and nutrition.

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