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Diet & Nutrition

6 Superfoods That Are Superheroes In Disguise

Shezaad Dastagir

Meet the alter egos of some of the most popular superfoods.

For many a millennium, these unsung, unrelenting, superfoods have been aiding our body in their big-little-ways. From the protein-packed savior to the fiber-filled defender, meet the alter egos of some of the most popular superfoods throughout the history of humankind.

Shelled Crusader a.k.a Egg

Superpower: Protein Surge

Effect of superpower: Helps in the growth, maintenance, and repair of tissues

Nutritional prowess: Protein: 13.3 gms – Fats: 13.3 gms – Carbohydrates: 0 gms *per 100 gms

Eggs hold a special place in the realm of superfoods because of their superior nutritional value. Consuming one can give your body an instantaneous surge of protein.

Equilibrium a.k.a Banana

Superpower: Potassium Punch

Effect of superpower: Helps balance body fluids and regulates muscle contractions

Nutritional prowess: Protein – 1.2 g – Fats: 0.3 g – Carbohydrates: 27.2 g *per 100 gms

When it comes to bananas, there’s no holding back! Peel one open for a more-than-substantial punch of potassium.

Shatterproof a.k.a Broccoli

Superpower: Calcium Shield

Effect of superpower: Strengthens bones and teeth

Nutritional prowess: Protein – 2.8 g – Fats: 0.4 g – Carbohydrates: 7 g *per 100 gms

Gifted with plentiful amounts of calcium, broccoli helps shield your bones and teeth from deterioration.

Professor Nut a.k.a Walnut

Superpower: Power Boost

Effect of superpower: Helps improve brain power

Nutritional prowess: Protein – 15.6 g – Fats: 64.5 g – Carbohydrates: 11 g *per 100 gms

Considered a brain food, and not just for aesthetic reasons, research suggests a link between walnuts and a boost in brain functioning.

Commander Spore a.k.a Mushroom

Superpower: Fiber Flush

Effect of superpower: Helps in maintaining digestive health

Nutritional prowess: Protein – 1.1 g – Fats: 0.3 g – Carbohydrates: 3.3 g *per 100 gms

Known to crop up almost anywhere, habitat has never been a concern for mushrooms. They are filled with the benefits of fiber.

Captain Clove a.k.a Garlic

Superpower: Sulfur Fix

Effect of superpower: Medicinal benefits

Nutritional prowess: Protein – 6.36 g – Fats: 0.5 g – Carbohydrates: 35 g *per 100 gms

Garlic is known to have an ensemble of medicinal properties owing to the sulfur compounds attained from it.

While these superfoods come packed with a multitude of superpowers, the key to a nutritionally sound diet lies in balance and moderation. In case you’re wondering, here’s the suggested daily nutrient requirement for the average adult:

For Adult Man (60kgs) For Adult Woman (55kgs)
Nutrient Quantity per day
Energy 2320 Kcal/Day 1900 Kcal/Day
Protein 60 g 55 gms/day
Visible Fat 25 g 20 gm/day

Disclaimer: Apologies to all the other superfoods we may have missed mentioning!

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