Top 10 super foods
Super foods are considered to be those foods that have a high number of essential nutrients and a low number of nasty properties, like saturated fat.
However, the term has been overused to the extent to which it can be hard to know what's really good for you and what's just hype!
Top 10 super foods
1. Blueberries - Blueberries are what started the superfood craze. They are low in calories, usually organically grown and have high concentrations of antioxidants, vitamin C and dietary fibre.
2. Apples - Yes, a humble British apple is better for you than some exotic imported berry. Apples are packed full of antioxidants and one apple contains a quarter of your daily requirement of vitamin C.
3. Olive Oil - The mono-saturated fat in olive oil is good for the heart - one of the reasons why the Mediterranean diet is considered to be so healthy. Olive oil also has anti-inflammatory benefits.
4. Yoghurt - Many yoghurts have added "friendly bacteria" which can boost digestive health. Yoghurt is also a good source of calcium and a good substitute to milk.
5. Sardines - Cold water fish like sardines contain high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, which help to keep the heart healthy.
6. Tea - Tea, both black and green, is high in antioxidants, some of which can help to inhibit the growth of cancer. Tea also counts towards your daily recommended fluid intake.
7. Baked beans - Baked beans are packed full of protein, fibre, calcium and iron. The tomato sauce also contains powerful antioxidants.
8. Bananas - The fat in bananas comes mostly from carbohydrates, which is excellent for refuelling! They're a great source of potassium and vitamin B6.
9. Nuts - Nuts are super foods full of essential vitamins, minerals and fibre. The fat is mostly unsaturated and many nuts are a good source of omega-3.
10. Broccoli - Broccoli is a particularly good source of naturally occurring folic acid. It also has anti-cancer properties.