When it comes to health food, everything old is new again. And experts say that can be a good thing: “What is long familiar to humans implies what we’re adapted to,” says David Katz, MD, director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center. Here are five age-old staples (think kimchi, kombucha, and chia seeds) that have recently become up-and-coming new culinary trends—plus, how these popular superfoods can benefit your body, from lowering your risk of disease to improving your digestive health to keeping you slim.
3. Chia Seeds
4. Ancient Grains
I – Word Understanding
Adapted – suitable
Staple – basic food
II – Have Your Say
1. How do you take care of your digestive health? Let’s see why these ancient foods are considered superfoods:
Kombucha – the fermented tea was born circa 220 B.C. in China, where it was sipped for detoxification and dubbed the “tea of immortality.” Kombucha is bursting with good-for-you probiotics.
2. Kimchi delivers a nutritional triple whammy: fiber-packed veggie, loaded with antioxidant-rich spices and, most importantly, teeming with gut-friendly probiotics.
3. Chia seeds are rich in a form of omega-3 fatty acids that may help improve cholesterol and high blood pressure and lower the risk of heart disease.
4. Most ancient grains (quinoa, Kamut, freekeh) are nutritional powerhouses, boasting calcium , fiber and an amino acid called lysine, which among other things helps your body burn fat.
5. Seaweed has sufficient iodine for your thyroid and healthy breast tissue. Seaweed can also provide other key minerals, such as calcium and iron.