Round 2: Food Groups Face-off
How did your bracket fare following round 1 of our Superfood Showdown? We’re sure some of these match-ups caused quite a few upsets. In particular, romaine vs. kale. While kale is rumored to be the best superfood on the market, romaine came out on top!
Round 2 may prove to be more challenging to predict. While round 1 saw similar competitors facing off against each other, round 2 boasts some pretty unlikely match-ups.
Romaine’s health benefits continue to help its superfood domination. Romaine supplies the body with 174% of its daily value of vitamin A, a nutrient beneficial for eye health. Surprisingly, romaine offers approximately 20 ounces of water per head of lettuce.
Not only are they colorful and delicious, strawberries also offer a myriad of health benefits. Strawberries score pretty low on the glycemic index compared to most fresh fruits, which helps regulate blood sugar after eating. Their antioxidants have great anti-inflammatory benefits, while their fiber and potassium content are beneficial to overall heart health.
Romaine wins this round!
Rutabaga won round one by a narrow margin! High levels of vitamin C give this rutabaga a boost in this match-up, by containing over 50% of the recommended daily value in just one cup. Rutabaga also contains the thyroid hormone, thyroxine, which aids in protecting your body’s cells from damage and helps to heal wounds and infections.
Just because this veggie is little, doesn’t mean that it isn’t a fierce competitor. Chives are a great addition to your meal as a heart healthy ingredient. Also adding to chives’ heart benefits is Its quercetin levels, known to reduce plaque buildup in the arteries. Chives also contain allicin, which releases nitric oxide creating greater flexibility of the blood vessels and helping to lower blood pressure. This team is clearly in it with all of their heart!
Chives win this round!