The Superfood Most Canadians Don't Know About
March is National Nutrition month, which gives us an excuse to highlight our obsession of the moment: the incredible nutrient-density of moringa.
What is nutrient-density? It refers to the concentration of vitamins and minerals relative to energy-density, or calories. Kale is a poster-child for high nutrient-density, and on the other end of the spectrum we have classics like the Big Mac.
Why should you care about choosing nutrient-dense foods? Foods packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds are disease-fighting, energizing and anti-aging.
The sad fact is, we can eat 2,000 - 3,000 seemingly decent calories a day, and still not fulfill our nutrient needs. This is one of the issues we’re addressing through Organics 4 Orphans: nutrition is about more than filling bellies - it’s about enabling our miraculous bodies to thrive.
Here in Canada, nutrient-poverty still exists. We can subsist on ‘wholesome’, home-prepared foods, like pastas, breads, rice and meat, and max out our calorie-allowance without actually being fully nourished.
Choosing “fortified” foods is a safety net, but it’s not the solution. A cereal or juice may be injected with vitamins and minerals after the original nutrients were processed out, but these “functional” foods are still artificial.
Whole foods - especially nutrient-dense whole foods - are always superior.
The truth is, much of what makes food healing is still unknown to science. Dr. Fuhrman, famous for popularizing the notion of nutrient-density, acknowledges that the protective compounds in natural foods are largely still unnamed and unknown. We know that whole foods are healing, but we can’t reproduce their magic in labs.
Moringa is a natural food. The leaves are not available in produce sections of North American supermarkets, but we have made the highest-quality source available.
Moringa contains over 92 known nutritional values, including all nine essential amino acids. It is the most nutrient-dense plant food known today. Like other greens, moringa is low-calorie, which means that nutritionally speaking, it hits way above its weight. Each little calorie is jam-packed with a plethora of nutrients.
We’ll be talking about the amazing benefits of moringa in coming months, as we launch a more extensive line of products. Nutrition month may come and go, but our obsession is here to stay!
Anna O'Byrne is co-author of The Moringa Breakthrough, and part of the team behind SuperLeaf™ Moringa. She manages the social media, writes web content and runs digital marketing for SuperLeaf™ Moringa and Natural Calm Canada.