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Superfood or superfad? Your handy low-down on the latest health food trends

Just like fashions sweep the high street, food fads are definitely a ‘thing’ these days. And while we might all know the benefits of the trusty old food pyramid we learnt about at school, these food trends might be a bit newer to many of us. Never fear – we’re here to give a handy explainer on the latest food fads…

What’s “spirulina” when it’s at home? Spirulina is a blue-green algae used as a nutritional supplement. It’s rich in complete protein, containing all essential amino acids. It also contains B vitamins and iron. All of these elements are vital for keeping our bodies working in tip-top condition.   In the 80s and 90s, NASA even recommended it to be one of the foods cultivated for long-term space missions. (However, its taste isn’t for everyone, so try it in some orange juice.)

As for avocados… Avocados are truly en vogue at the moment, the superstar of brunches and Instagram posts the world over. And for good reason – avocados in one single serving contain several B Vitamins, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, potassium and diverse healthy fats. Vitamin K, for instance is used by the body to help blood clot as normal.

Step forward, coconut water. Another nutritional diamond, coconut water is super hydrating and full of benefits such as being low in calories, fat and high in potassium and electrolytes. Electrolytes help various processes in the body, from regulating your heartbeat to helping muscles contract. Add it to smoothies if the taste isn’t for you, or drink it straight for instant refreshment.  

Can apple cider vinegar benefit my health? Apple cider vinegar’s health properties are rooted in folk medicine, and research on its factual health benefits are still in preliminary stages. As for this fad? It might be most useful to preserve your food such as homemade kimchi or pickles rather than as a daily tonic, if you’re looking for a nutritional boost. 

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