Super Foods? Is there really anything Super about these foods?

Among many of the foods categorized as “Super Foods” lie Chia Seeds. What are Chia seeds? Chia Seeds come from the chia plant. Yes, this is the same Chia as you had in your Chia Pet with the afro. Along with the recent trend of eating healthily have come these seeds. About 1 millimeter wide, these seeds have become a well- known source of nutrition around the globe; however, they are mainly known in North, South, and Central America, and are not widely known in Europe. Perhaps it is the health benefits which appeal so drastically to the holistic community. These seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, protein and iron. Gemma Frye, who owns a health store in Melbourne, Australia, explains that the seeds contain nearly 8 times more Omega- 3 than salmon, and three times as much iron as spinach. It is still unclear, however, just how effective these seeds are in anyone’s diet. It seems that these seeds may need to be consumed in larger quantities for a consistent period of time in order to get health benefits.
Another “Super Food” per se is kale. Kale is a leafy green vegetable of which many children exposed at a young age, have an arguably rational dislike. There are countless health benefits which eating kale can provide. Kale contains an antioxidant called beta- carotene; this antioxidant is believed to be a major warrior against cancer and heart disease. Additionally, it provides a good amount of calcium which is easily absorbed when in the form found in kale.
Quinoa. What is it? Well, for starters, it is part of the new group of foods called super foods. Quinoa is a grain-like crop. Grown for its seeds, quinoa itself is not a member of the grass family like most grains; it is similar to species such as beets and spinach. The crop, which was believed to be sacred by the Incas, holds incredible nutritional value. It contains a very high amount of protein; 14% of the mass is protein; additionally, quinoa is also a good source of dietary fibers, phosphorous, magnesium and iron. Quinoa is also often consumed by vegans, whom find it important because it is a source of calcium. The year of 2013 has been declared National Quinoa year!
Foods such as the three above belong to a group of foods called “Super Foods” these foods are defined by their nutritional value and wholesomeness. If you’re looking for a healthy diet, super foods may be the way to go!

Compiled with research from the following sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superfood , http://www.oprah.com/health/Dr-Perricones-10-Superfoods , The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone,  home.howstuffworks.com/kale3.htm , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvia_hispanica , http://whatscookingamerica.net/CharlotteBradley/Chai-Seeds.htmhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quinoa