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Sunday, February 20, 2011

super food

Super foods are everywhere and so trendy right now.
Purple Corn
Goji Berries
Lucuma Powder
Maca Powder
Camu Camu Powder
Cats Claw Powder
raw cocoa
Bee Pollen
Gubinge Powder
the list goes on...

“Superfood” is a word for a food that is particularly nutrient-dense, with more antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, enzymes or protein than most of the foods we are accustomed to eating.
I do have to admit I have some of them at my home. While they are indeed very nutritious, because they are usually exotic plant from far away how about the effect on environment?

i do make sure that they come from a company that you can trust.
They should be

- minimally processed
- no artificial additives to any of the products.
- source and develop products that are in their optimal nutritional state.
-Produced without the use of synthetic fertilizers, or chemical pesticides and herbicides.
-Cultivated in such a way as to help restore native ecosystems, prevent erosion and support water conservation.
-Use traditional permaculture systems and where possible are shade grown using native canopy species.
- produced according to Fair Trade standards, that involve producers and workers being paid not only a Fair price, but also being empowered with the skills and infrastructure to add as much value to the raw products as possible.
-Create healthy environments in which producers and their families live and work.
-Re-invest in community infrastructure such as educational, health and other essential services.

Important thing is that you don't rely on these exotic foods only. If you live on junk food, taking acai' berry powder will not guarantee you a good health. What you 'd need is an overall high quality whole food diet, consisting variety. whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds (properly prepared) and lots of different coloured vegetables.

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