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Features 2 minutes 31 July 2019

Why Superfoods Matter

You can take care of your body by being more selective about what you eat - and superfoods are a great way to start.

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Everyone knows that eating healthy is the way to go. Ever since we were young, we were taught about the importance of the five food groups and having a balanced diet. Naturally, with the progress of society and technology, it is no wonder that eating healthy in today’s world has extended beyond just getting your daily dose of greens and an apple to keep the doctor away. Introducing superfood. In the digital age where eating clean and healthy has become ‘the’ lifestyle to strive for, people are more aware of what they consume and the concept of eating superfood has become much more widespread. But what are superfoods, and exactly how important are superfoods to the human body?

While superfoods are mostly plant-based, in truth they do not belong to any actual food groups, with some of the superfoods spanning categories such as legumes, whole grains, berries, leafy greens and even fish. In a nutshell, superfoods are foods that are highly nutritious and provide health benefits to consumers. These nutrients include antioxidants and fibres, as well as bioactive phytochemicals which can help to reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

Examples of popular superfoods include kale and spinach, brown rice and avocado, as well as good meat such as salmon, which are high in omega-3 fatty acids. Amongst the superfoods that are available in the market, one of the ingredients that can be easily found in Thailand is brown rice.

They say the best things come in small packages, and the nutrients contained in these tiny grains can be hugely beneficial to your health. Low in cholesterol and rich in fibre, selenium, as well as antioxidants, the benefits of brown rice is significant. Brown rice is high in antioxidants, vitamins B3, 6, and 9, and is said to help protect against chronic diseases such as cancer, heart diseases and type-2 diabetes, to name a few.

Brown Rice
Brown Rice

However, it is undeniable that entirely avoiding non-superfood can be rather impractical. To some people, red and white meat remains an important source of protein. We emphasise the importance of eating whole foods and having a balanced diet, but often we forget that the quality of livestock nutrition is equally crucial. They say that you reap what you sow, and the quality of your meat will be reflected by how they have been raised. Livestock fed with high-quality rations like organic grains and superfoods naturally yields better quality meat, and vice versa. In order to have good meat, the livestock must be fed with good food.

An example can be taken from poultry from Benja Chicken by U FARM, which are raised 100% natural with 0% antibiotics. Raised in a biosecurity farm with natural superfood like brown rice, Benja Chicken at U FARM is NSF guaranteed and non-GMO verified, making it one of the better options for those looking for 100% natural poultry that will not cause harm to you or your loved ones.

Prevention is better than treatment. While these superfoods are by no means a cure to chronic diseases, they can provide health benefits that are good for the body in the long run. The same applies for the meat that you consume. Being selective and opting for meat from livestock that has been raised with good nutrients is a choice that one can make. The age-old adage of ‘eat to live’ certainly has a more than a grain of truth to it, so why not start by being more conscious of what you eat?

This article is brought to you by Benja Chicken
To know more about Benja Chicken, please visit http://www.benjachicken.com/

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