Superfoods are as popular as ever, and it’s easy to see why. These mostly plant-based foods high in antioxidants, vitamins, calcium and minerals have huge and wide-ranging health benefits. Açai and goji berries, maca and chia seeds are at the top of the superfood list and hail, for the most part, from plants, trees and roots in South America and the Amazon. But you might not know that Greece, too, is home to a number of delicious superfoods. Here are 5 Greek superfoods to consider adding to your diet.
High in nutritional value, almonds contain high quantities of plant fiber, vitamins and heart-healthy fats. A serving of almonds is a rich source of vitamin E, magnesium, protein, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, iron and polyunsaturated fats.
The pomegranate is considered to be the fruit of life and good luck -- and not without reason. Because of their high fiber content, pomegranates aid digestion, weight loss and heart health.
Capers are low in calories and a rich source of calcium, magnesium, fiber and vitamin C.
In Greek mythology, the hero Aeneas was so seriously injured by an arrow that there was no way to get it out. His mother, the goddess Aphrodite, took this plant from Crete and applied it to his wound -– immediately, the arrow was removed and the wound healed. Studies have shown that dittany, which is often an ingredient in herbal tea, has an antimicrobial and antioxidant properties.
The Corinthian raisin -- also known as the currant -- has great nutritional value, especially for athletes, thanks to its iron, potassium, and vitamin and Β.
This article originally appeared on The Huffington Post Greece and was translated from Greek.