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Superfruits

The term ‘Super Fruit’ has grown significantly in recent years despite no clear scientific definition of the term. It was developed as a marketing strategy designed to promote certain exotics fruits touted as having superior nutrient content and antioxidant properties. There are many nutrient dense fruits such as the banana and orange that don’t fall into the superfruit category due to their existing worldwide popularity.

So should you be choosing super fruits over other available fruits? Fresh fruit makes an excellent snack as they are generally good sources of vitamins, minerals and fibre and fat free. The additional benefit of a super fruit is the high level of antioxidants that they provide. Antioxidants fight cell-damaging chemicals called free radicals that are produced within the body. A build up of free radicals has been associated with the cause of aging, cancer and numerous diseases.

There may be benefits of including certain superfruits into your diet but you should be aware that there are also many other sources of antioxidants available including: eggs, red meat, soya, green tea, nuts, seeds, fish and garlic. You should aim to consume a wide variety of fresh fruit in your diet and not restrict yourself to a couple of super fruits.

Try adding a tablespoon of Goji berries or blueberries to your breakfast cereal. Alternatively, add pomegranate seeds or half an avocado to a salad at lunchtime.

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