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Every year, the media proclaims that this is the year for certain, off-the-wall ingredients to be dubbed that year’s superfoods. This strange phenonenom for highlighting bizarre but very nutritional types of food is, cynical marketing opportunities aside, an idea we like.
Previous years have seen chlorophyll, wheatgrass juice, oysters and edamame beans as the go-to foods in our kitchens. This year sees a fresh bunch of ingredients, but right now, we’re interested in the ones rich in calcium.
We list the 2017 It Foods – and see how calcium can be found in nuts, powders and, something we’ve never intentionally eaten, insects.
Maca powder is a great natural resource of vitamins, boasting large amounts vitamins B, C, and E as well as calcium, zinc and iron to name a few.
Macadamia nuts have a sweet taste and are a terrific source of energy. They also contain large amounts of vitamin A and iron, as well as zinc and calcium.
Yes, insects. The idea of eating insects has been touted for a while as more people raise concerns about the damage the agricultural industry has on the planet. In some countries, it is the norm to snack on a barbecued cricket. It could just catch on. Insects rapidly became an important and sustainable food source towards the end of 2016. Just 100g of crickets contain 214% more protein than 100g of chicken breast meat – plus it’s heavy with calcium.
Goji berries, for anyone in the know, are a bit old hat. One of the first so called superfoods, they are rearing their heads again in 2017. Also known as a ‘wolfberry’, Goji berries have been the staple munch for a growing number of people. They contain a multitude of vitamins and minerals, such as iron and vitamins A, C and B2.
If any vegetarians miss the taste of bacon, 2017 is your year. Known affectionately as ‘bacon flavoured seaweed’, red algae is the latest superfood that allows people to eat healthy without sacrificing taste.