5 Filipino superfoods to spice up your well being

MANILA, Philippines – In the Philippines, superfoods don’t have to be expensive.

Superfoods are nutrient-dense foods rich in antioxidants that help fight cancer; healthy fats to lower the risk of heart disease; fiber for a better digestive system; and phytochemicals for other health benefits.

Although some people may think that they only need to buy berries and chia seeds, there are actually five local superfoods that are readily available in the market.

REBELLIONa local fitness app that provides free workouts, health education and recipes that use ingredients that are easily accessible in the Philippines, its in-house nutritionists and registered dietitians Jo Sebastian and Julianne Malong asked what superfoods can be incorporated into the Filipino diet .


Known as calamondin or Philippine lime, this citrus fruit is a staple in Philippine and other Southeast Asian cuisine. It is rich in Vitamin C which strengthens the immune system, boosts collagen production, lowers blood pressure, and improves iron absorption, which is essential for cellular oxygenation.

Although many dishes can use calamansi, remember that Vitamin C found in these fruits is water soluble and temperature sensitive, so high temperatures and long cooking times can cause significant losses of Vitamin C noticed. an ice-cold glass of calamansi juice instead!


This result is usually seen on festive occasions throughout the Southeast Asian region. Besides its sweet and refreshing taste, a normal-sized pomelo (about 21 ounces) can already provide about 32% of your daily copper requirement. Copper, which plays a vital role in the efficient use of iron, helps ensure that the body has enough red blood cells, and that they are kept in optimal condition.

Pomelos are very versatile – eat them on their own as a snack or dessert, or throw them into your salad for a fresh start to any meal!


As one of the fruits known to have edible skin and seeds, guavas have a very high fiber content, as well as up to four times more Vitamin C per serving than oranges. They are also rich in antioxidants that protect and regenerate skin cells, and delay signs of aging caused by sun exposure, stress, and poor lifestyle.

A person may be able to reach the recommended intake of Vitamin C per day after drinking 100 grams of guava per day – and we think that’s a great excuse for some or even guava juice. Guava porridge more often!


Also known as string beans, this vegetable offers a lot of variety as an ingredient in typical Filipino dishes. It is an excellent source of calcium and phosphorus for healthy bones, as well as Vitamins A and C for a healthier immune system.

Enjoy it in your stew, kare-kareor even sauteed alone to get all the nutrients this versatile vegetable has to offer.


A good substitute for white rice, Adlai is a grain with a slightly grainier texture and nuttier taste. Although its energy and total carb content is negligible compared to brown rice, it contained 160% more protein and 300% more fiber than brown rice.

Because of its high fiber content, it helps promote healthy gut bacteria, which leads to more serotonin, and thus an overall better mood. Plus, it has a higher satiety level to keep you feeling fuller for longer. It is also high in calcium for healthy bones and teeth, and for better athletic performance, it supports healthy nerve transmission and muscle contraction.

Cook it in a broth or pair it with your favorite dish for a balanced and flavorful meal!

– Beatrice Go/Rappler.com

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