Top superfoods for 2017

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The start of a new year promises a new round of superfood trends. As kale may finally be on the way out, the following superfoods will rapidly become more popular over the coming months.

Avocado oil

Equipped with a wide selection of gourmet olive oils and a couple different varieties of coconut oil, it’s hard to image what other oils you would possibly need for your kitchen. Avocado oil is primed to become the newest trendy oil. Avocado oil is bursting with nutrients to promote healthy, glowing skin, including vitamin E, lutein, and carotenoids. You can use avocado oil just as you would use a daily moisturizer to keep your skin soft and graceful. The oil also contains high levels of monounsaturated fats, which decrease harmful inflammation levels and reduce the risk of strokes, heart disease, and dementia. Avocado oil’s texture is much like olive oil and can also be used for cooking, thanks to its high smoking point.

Activated charcoal

Activated charcoal is an ancient substance that has been used to rid the body of bacteria and parasites for thousands of years. In 2017, we’re likely to activated charcoal in juices and even skincare products. Activated charcoal serves as a trap to catch and flush chemicals and toxins out of the body. It’s critical to find a balance with activated charcoal so it serves its purpose without stripping foods of their nutritional content. Individuals with malabsorption gut conditions, such as Chron’s disease and IBS, should take caution when consuming activated charcoal. Take activated charcoal approximately half an hour before a meal so it only targets the toxins.

Sacha inchi Inca nut

The sacha inchi nut is packed full of essential fatty acids and is easy to digest. If you’ve grown weary of soaking raw almonds overnight before making oatmeal or granola, sacha inchi is a great alternative. It contains vitamins A and E, omega 9, and protein and may be consumed in its natural nut form or as a superfood oil or powder.

Inulin prebiotic

Probiotics are live microorganisms which promote a healthy gut, a key aspect of general health and well-being. To get the full effect of probiotics, you must create a suitable living environment for the good gut bacteria. Otherwise, it won’t thrive. Inulin prebiotics help create the right setting for the gut bacteria. Inulin is a fructan, which the body can’t digest. However, it helps the gut flora thrive so it sticks to the bowel wall properly. In addition to supporting probiotics, inulin also assists with mineral absorption and may help curb appetite to aid in weight loss. Inulin prebiotic is available in powder form and is found naturally in food, such as Jerusalem artichokes and chicory.


When most people think of gelatin, they think of artificial Jell-O, which is packed full of sugar. However, when used properly, gelatin offers gut-healing, nail-strengthening, and skin-boosting properties. In 2017, watch for gelatin-infused smoothies and juices, healthy gut-healing gummies, and bone broth-based dessert jellies.

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