The health authorities are constantly whining about the state of our diets, the newspapers are telling us that everything gives us cancer and the media are producing TV shows to exhibit obese children and their terrible parents. However, while many are taking a negative stance on the man-against-cardiovascular disease campaign, there have been plenty of positive and encouraging reactions to our heavier society. TV chefs have made money promoting simple, healthy meals, a new wave of food branding has emerged with friendly, tongue-in-cheek comments on their pastel-colored cartons and McDonalds now sell bags of fruit. Among these positive reactions lie the ‘Superfoods’.
Superfoods have risen to stardom as a result of their high phytonutrient content. Phytonutrients are found in plants and are said to have health benefits, such as lycopene which is found in tomatoes and is thought to lower the risk of developing prostate cancer and cardiovascular diseases. While there has been some cynicism surrounding the actual health benefits of superfoods, these are undeniably healthy foods containing anti-oxidants so no one can complain that we’re being encouraged to eat them.
One of the best of these superfoods is the humble apple. Containing a large amount of skin-friendly Vitamin C, apples are a great snack to ensure that you’re left feeling and looking (Read More....)