How well do you know your superfoods?

By: Sarah Crozer
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About This Quiz

Every day there is a surplus of information from experts, telling us what foods to eat. This quiz features 35 well-known and researched superfoods! Test your knowledge about the benefits of each to beat this quiz!

This powder comes from the root of a maca plant, native to South America.

Maca has known benefits of balancing hormones and helping with energy levels. It is nicknamed the Peruvian ginseng.

These contain large doses of beta-carotene, vitamin A and C, and fiber.

Surprisingly enough, goji berries are part of the nightshade family. They are fairly low in calories and promote healthy skin. Score! They are typically found in dried form at grocery stores.

This fruit is known to be rich in antioxidants.

Blueberries have the benefit of reducing inflammation and boosting signals between brain cells! Strawberries and cranberries share some of these properties. They all have high levels of phytochemicals called flavonoids, which can reduce the risk of certain heart conditions.

This plant is used for topical purposes in a variety of after-sun lotions.

Not only does aloe vera heal your skin or exterior body, but also it can heal your body on the inside! This plant contains 75 healing compounds, including antibiotic agents, amino acids, minerals, enzymes, and natural steroids.

This is a nutrient-dense, leafy green.

Kale is a popular superfood because it is nutrient-dense. It provides tons of antioxidants, fiber, calcium, and iron. There are many ways to cook this vegetable and incorporate it into your diet - even kale chips. Kale -yeah!

This is a good source of iodine (salt).

Seaweed, used frequently in Japanese cuisine, is a good source of iodine. Nori is the Japanese’s term for seaweed. Dulse is one of the most nutrient-dense types of seaweed.

This powder is used to make antioxidant-rich tea.

Matcha is a powdered form of green tea. Green tea has been used in the treatment of many serious illnesses, such as heart disease and cancer. Green tea is also said to speed up metabolism, making it a favorite among dieters. The Matcha powder has a stronger taste than regular green tea and can be added to lattes and chocolates.

This newly discovered plant has the ability to purify water.

This plant is sure to gain popularity in the coming years. Among its many benefits, this plant has the ability to purify water! It was given the nickname “miracle tree” for good reason. It is also naturally drought resistant.

This superfruit comes from the Amazon.

Acai berries are super rich in antioxidants - more so than blueberries. They are a great addition to smoothies. The berries are harvested from acai palm trees, which grow as tall as 60 feet!

Chocolate is made from this superfood.

Without all the sugar and additives, cacao is very good for you! It is rich in magnesium and antioxidants, as well as many other vitamins and minerals. It is said to improve blood flow and lower cholesterol.

This powerful superfruit aids in digestion.

Papaya is one of the healthiest fruits to eat for the digestive process, due to its enzyme content. However, the fruit loses its nutrient strength as it ripens, so it's best to eat it slightly underripe.

This superfood is made by an animal.

Surprisingly enough, bee pollen is said to be one of nature’s most well-rounded, nourishing foods. The amino acids it contains are free for direct use and absorption by the body and it contains almost all nutrients that humans require in their diet.

This red fruit is known to be very high in lycopene.

This red fruit is commonly mistaken for a vegetable. Tomatoes contain lycopene, a nutrient which is also found in watermelon. Some studies have shown that the tomato can reduce the risk of a few cancers.

This leafy superfood gets its dark green signature pigment from a high concentration of chlorophyll.

Chlorophyll is a huge hit in the health world. It helps fight cancer, detoxes the liver, and can protect the skin with healing. When a chlorophyll molecule absorbs light energy, it achieves an excited state which allows the initial chain reaction of photosynthesis to occur.

This greenish-white fruit was discovered by Polynesians.

Polynesian folk medicine is the basis of our knowledge of the noni fruit. Noni is sold as a liquid or juice. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. However, be warned - this fruit has a very pungent odor that is not appealing to most.

These raw, shelled seeds are extremely protein rich.

Hemp hearts been growing in popularity recently, with the rise of plant-based diets, as well as the rise of the cannabis industry. They can be incorporated in a variety of ways, such as an addition to salads and smoothies.

This Korean delicacy is fermented.

Kimchi is a much-appreciated Korean delicacy. What makes Kimchi a superfood is the fact that it is fermented! It's a spicy mix of fermented ingredients, including cabbage. The probiotics found in fermented foods are great for the digestive system and gut.

These little black seeds are a huge hit in the nutrition world.

Chia seeds are loaded with essential fatty acids - more than any other known plant. Along with fatty acids, they have a hefty dose of magnesium, iron, calcium, and potassium. They absorb moisture and are commonly added to cereal mixes and smoothies.

This root is great for the digestive system.

Ginger root has been known as a superfood for quite some time. It has a slightly spicy taste. It is a natural remedy for many conditions, such as nausea, upset stomach, and inflammation!

This root is made into a well-known Indian spice.

This famous Indian spice has many medicinal purposes, including being used as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antiseptic! Turmeric is typically consumed in curry powder or pill form. Curcumin is the compound in turmeric that gives it its golden color. This component may protect consumers against cancer and even Alzheimer’s disease.

This is a nutrient-dense dark red and purple root vegetable.

Beets are definitely worth adding to your shopping list. The dark hue may be the secret to their nutritive success. Beets are a great food for blood health, fighting diseases, and strengthening organs.

This superfood, which can be divided into cloves, has been used medicinally throughout history.

Garlic has been credited with many health benefits over the centuries - including protection from Dracula or a nasty cold! It can treat illnesses, ranging from high blood pressure to certain cancers.

This is a popular and healthy cooking oil.

Coconut oil is high in saturated fats - the kind we used to be told to avoid - but more recently, coconut oil has proven to actually aid in weight loss. The oil can also assist in lowering bad cholesterol and even help reverse Alzheimer’s disease! The oil can be used as an antibiotic, as well. The coconut fruit is technically a drupe, not a nut.

This flaky powder has lots of nutritional benefits.

Nutritional yeast is an inactive form of yeast, which is cultured, killed with heat, then dried. It is found as a flaky powder. It has a mass of B vitamins, fiber, and protein, all essential to the body. It is yellow in color and a slightly cheesy taste. It can be sprinkled over foods for extra flavor.

This superfood is a wild grass that contains lots of chlorophyll.

Wheatgrass is actually a baby wheat plant that we have to harvest at the start of the plant's life, when it holds the nutrients. This wild grass contains all nine essential acids and is packed with chlorophyll. You can find it sold as a shot of juice at some health food stores.

This light green fruit is packed with healthy fats that are essential to your body.

Avocados are packed with healthy fats that are essential to your body. The fats are also necessary to absorb other nutrients in your diet. Avocados can be a great addition to salads, sandwiches, smoothies, and just about any dish!

This is a wonderful and popular leafy green, added to salads and smoothies.

When eating spinach, a little goes a long way in achieving your daily Vitamin K requirements. Vitamin K helps your blood clot, in addition to building strong bones!

Related to the squash, this superfood is a fall favorite.

Pumpkin’s star nutrient is beta-carotene, which is also found in carrots. The body converts it to vitamin A, which is known to maintain eye health and boost immunity.

This yellow citrus fruit has great medicinal properties.

Lemons have tons of Vitamin C, and also potassium. Because of their high acidity, they actually relieve symptoms of indigestion, such as bloating. Lemons also balance the body’s natural pH levels.

This seed is loaded with omega-3s and fiber.

Flaxseeds have been consumed for around 6,000 years. Flaxseeds can be consumed whole (small brown seeds) or in oil form. The alpha-linolenic acid in these miracle seeds also benefits your skin and hair.

One of these nuts meets your daily intake of selenium!

Brazil nuts have more selenium than any other food - one nut delivers your entire day’s worth! Brazil nut trees are found in the forests of Brazil, Bolivia, and Peru. They are one of the tallest, and long-living plant species among all the tropical rain forests.

This can be found in the form of seaweed.

Algae is one of the most up-and-coming superfoods. Algae can be found in the form of seaweed or algae oil. It is a great source of protein and fiber.

This sweet fruit has high levels of vitamins A and C.

This sweet fruit has many great benefits to your diet. It has extremely high levels of vitamin C and vitamin A (which prevents free radicals from oxidizing cholesterol in your blood, leading to stroke). The beta carotene found in cantaloupe helps your skin, too! It promotes clear skin and may help to prevent wrinkles.

This spicy food improves blood circulation and digestion.

Flavor isn’t the only thing hot peppers kick up a notch. Hot peppers improve blood circulation, digestion, metabolism, and immune system. Adding cayenne to lemon water and honey is said to be a great way to gently detox the body.

This is a medicinal mushroom with many benefits

Chaga, along with many mushrooms, is gaining popularity in the health field. This mushroom is a leading antioxidant and fights cancer-causing cells.

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