3 Superfoods That Taste Disgusting But Are Great For Your Health
Did you have a least favorite food as a kid? Something you just refused to eat? Mine was zucchini: the only food to ever activate my gag reflex just from its texture. Maybe yours was brussel sprouts, or lima beans. Or you picked the peas out of soups, stews, and chicken pot pie, and fed them to the dog under the table.
Eventually, we grow out of it (though I still can’t just sit down and eat a zucchini. But zucchini noodles are great!). And we always knew these foods were good for us, but we realize on our own that they also taste great.
But there are definitely some foods out there that still gross out our adult selves. And so we don’t eat them, because ick. But if we don’t, we’re missing out on some amazing health benefits. Here are four superfoods that taste disgusting, but are actually fantastic for you. And that I should really try sometime.
Creepy crawlies for dinner? It might sound like the stuff of nightmares, but did you know that around 2 billion people worldwide eat insects as part of their traditional diet? And for good reason. As the world’s population continues to grow, it’s going to be harder and harder to feed everyone with more “traditional” sources of meat, like cows and pigs. They need a lot of land and a lot of energy to raise to the point where they can be consumed. Insects, on the other hand, require basically nothing in terms of space and resources.
Plus, insects are extremely nutritious. They’re rich in protein, healthy fats, iron, and calcium. And depending on what kind you’re eating, they can also be a source of copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and zinc. They’re also low in carbohydrates, so keto-friendly! And some researchers have suggested that the lack of saturated fats in insects could make them a valuable tool in the fight against obesity.
Want to give insects a try? You’ve got lots of options. According to Medical News Today, “Beetles are the most commonly consumed insect, followed by caterpillars, bees, wasps, ants, grasshoppers, locusts, and crickets. All in all, more than 1,900 insect species are considered edible.”
If you’re queasy about the idea of the taste, well, that’s fair. But some forward-thinking food-makers are starting to come out with interesting options. We’re big fans of Don Bugito, a San Francisco-based company that’s bringing creativity to bug-food. From their online store you can sample everything from spicy mealworms to dark chocolate crickets. It’s a brave new world.
Cod liver oil
A more traditional gross food! You might remember your grandmother insisting you gag some of this oil down, and you doing whatever you could to get away from the spoon.
If that was you, that’s fair! Cod liver oil is so named because it is, well, an oil made from the livers of codfish. If you haven’t tried it, just imagine the smell of a fish, without the texture or the chance to season it or cook it in a way to make it delicious. Just fishy, fishy oil. Bleah.
But there’s a reason to get past the taste. This oil is full of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 reduces inflammation, promotes healthy weight balance, boosts your brain power, helps with memory loss, and helps keep your skin clear, fresh, and bright.
Cod liver oil is also one of the best sources of vitamin D out there. The vitamin is useful for maintaining healthy bones and maintaining energy levels.
The oil is regularly used to help fight the symptoms of arthritis, because it brings down inflammation in the joints. It can help you heal wounds faster. It can slow down and prevent age-related macular degeneration.
And if you really can’t stand the taste, there’s an escape: just take it in a capsule form. Get all the benefits with none of the taste. Your grandmother would be so proud.
If you’ve ever taken a shot of marine phytoplankton, you know that it’s a very…specific taste. Kinda like taking a long lick of the ocean floor. Not dissimilar to the cod liver oil, actually.
But marine phytoplankton is maybe the most important superfood out there, in terms of what it offers your body. Marine phytoplankton supports your immune system so that it can protect you from everything from the common cold to serious diseases and conditions. It’s not a cure-all, but it can give your system the boost that it needs to actively fight off illness. Kevin Gianni writes in Renegade Health that: “Those taking marine phytoplankton had higher measurements of CD3 in their blood—an indicator of T-lymphocytes, which are immune cells responsible for the elimination of viruses and bacteria from organic tissues—than those that didn’t take phytoplankton.”
On top of that, phytoplankton has even more to offer in terms of energy boosts, as the writers at Superfoods for Superhealth have noted: “marine microalgae is abundant in compounds referred to as nucleotides, cellular energy units that act as “biological batteries” that recharge the cells. Because its small size particles are readily assimilated upon intake, rather than having to go through the process of digestion, these nucleotides go directly into the cells for a quick energy uplift.”
Choosing the best superfoods
When you’re putting these superfoods in your body, it’s important to get the most out of them. And that means choosing the best, purest forms. Here at Activation, we love Oceans Alive. It’s a premium blend of two specially cultivated, hand-selected marine phytoplankton strains, Oceans Alive supports general health. Grown in a photobioreactor, our marine phytoplankton is completely pure and free of contaminants. We get reports from customers who say they feel a huge boost in their energy and brain power as soon as they start using it. And if you can’t stand the taste, don’t worry! Put it in some orange juice, and you can’t even taste it. Our check out the smoothie recipe below to make it even more delicious.
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