A lot of people begin diet plans after the new year begins, to detox from the festive season’s overindulgence.
Certain foods could help to boost your overall health, according to online food retailer MuscleFood.com.
Maqui berries, cassava flour and bacon form part of the company’s top seven superfoods for 2018.
“Every year, we’re surprised by what new and exciting foods people are eating, and it’s great to see that 2018 isn’t going to be an exception,” said MuscleFood.com’s Darren Beale.
“Cassava flour and macqui berries aren’t the usual foods you’d expect to see in the supermarket, but we recommend scoping them out as the health benefits are amazing.
“On the other hand, it may be surprising to see regular foods like bacon on the list, but it’s a staple favourite for most meat eaters, and opting for nitrate-free bacon provides an excellent source of protein.”
These are MuscleFood.com’s top superfoods for 2018:
Cassava flour is a soft, gluten-free, nut-free and vegan-friendly flour. It contains saponins, chemicals which help to reduce inflammation and balance gut flora.
“While there may be other superfood flours out there which offer more nutritional value than cassava flour, it deserves a place on the list nonetheless thanks to it’s hypoallergenic properties and it’s fit for plant-based lifestyles,” said the retailer.
‘Superpowders’ includes turmeric, matcha, maca and cocao.
The powders have been rising in popularity, thanks to their ability to reduce arthritis pain and detox the body, scientists have claimed.
These berries come from Chile and Argentina, and could be used to treat diabetes, studies have claimed.
Maqui berries could also be used to boost metabolism, reduce aging and treat cardiovascular problems, it’s been claimed.
“These tasty little berries are low in sugar and have a much milder flavour than goji or acai berries,” said MuscleFood.com. “They’re also crammed with anti-oxidants and are packed with a rainbow of vitamins.
“It’s even thought they can help regulate blood sugar levels – perfect for those of you looking for a simple way to combat sugar cravings without the dreaded insulin spike.”
“These small, raisin like nuts are brimming with filling fibre, vegetable protein, potassium and prebiotics – known to assist digestion,” said MuscleFood.com.
“They’re also a fantastic source of magnesium – a natural muscle relaxant and an essential mineral for your body to stay in tiptop shape.”
Almond oil, peanut oil, walnut oil and hazelnut oil could become more popular this year, the food retailer predicted.
Using the oils could reduce trans fat intake, and are better for your heart, it claimed.
Eating a specific type of bacon could help to reduce the effects of diabetes, strokes and heart disease, claimed MuscleFood.com.
Nitrate-free bacon is an excellent source of protein, and provides the body with low-carbohydrate energy.
“It’s fair to say that bacon has had a bit of a rough go of it over the past few years, but a change is coming for 2018 and bacon will finally be recognised for the superfood it can be.”
Mushrooms are crammed full of powerful anti-oxidants, vitamin D and B-vitamins, said the food retailer.
We could soon be seeing mushroom coffee, tea, health drinks, and even body products, like soap, it said.
“It seems the modest mushroom is on its way to greatness this coming year,” said MuscleFood.com.