What is a superfood? It has been defined by some as a nutrient-rich food and considered to be beneficial for health and well-being. In actual fact, there is no official definition. No food, including those labelled ‘superfoods’, can compensate for unhealthy eating. If you mistakenly believe you can ‘undo’ the damage caused by unhealthy foods by eating a superfood, you will continue making unhealthy choices and increase your risk of chronic diseases. We talk to Dr Nitish Mitra, Specialist in Endocrinology and Consultant from Raffles Diabetes and Endocrine Centre.
AGE Will Age You
Advanced Glycation End (AGE) products promote ageing in the body and are one of the biggest factors in diabetes, heart disease and others. AGE products can be found from two primary sources – our diet and produced internally by our body. Minimise the effects of AGE by reducing your intake of grains. Consider including these foods into your diet to combat AGE:
Out with Oxidation
You are exposed to free radical damage daily and avoiding it is impossible. Free radicals cause damage to our cells, proteins and even our DNA. Here are various types of antioxidants and phytochemicals that can help protect our cells.
The Good Fats
Omega-3 fatty acids are accompanied by a long list of health benefits, which include improving one’s mental health, keeping skin smooth, and fighting overall inflammation. In short, eating more foods containing omega-3 fats will help fight ageing internally and externally.
Go Sugar Safe
Too much sugar intake will speed up our ageing process, increasing our insulin levels while decreasing our body’s ability in effectively countering the rise in blood sugar. Take in low glycaemic foods to keep your blood sugar stable.