Not that you actually need an excuse to eat a fresh, juicy mango, but here’s a pretty good one: Studies show that this delicious, sticky, sweet superfood has anti-inflammatory benefits that improve metabolism and guard against metabolic disease. In addition to being high in vitamin C, vitamin A, and fiber, mangoes have a high concentration of chemicals called polyphenols, which have anti-inflammatory properties. One recent study by researchers at Texas A&M University (and partially funded by the National Mango Board) tested out the potential benefits of those polyphenols by giving both lean and obese subjects 400 grams of fresh-frozen mango pulp every day for 42 days.
Heck we were even prepared to chug down a cactus smoothie because health bods told us it would turn us into Elle Macpherson. According to a group of scientists based in India, we should all be sloshing cockroach milk on our morning cereal. The team of scientists, which was led by the Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine in India, has managed to unravel the structure of milk protein crystals produced in the guts of this certain cockroach species.
The word ‘superfood’ gets banded around a lot. It’s generally used as a catch-all term for a variety of nutrient-rich foods that are particularly beneficial for health and well-being. Type ‘superfood’ into Google and you’ll be hit with a deluge of information boasting the antioxidant benefits of blueberries, the magic of goji berries and the pros of chowing down on chia seeds. That’s fine if you’ve got loads of time to research but wouldn’t it be lovely if all these amazing foods were listed in one handy place?