Facts and recipes nudge you to add 'superfoods' to your diet

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 07 June, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 07 June, 2011, 12:00am


Superfood HD - US$0.99
Rating 7/10

If you need a nudge to include more fruit and vegetables in your diet, this app is it. By arming you with the knowledge of the amazing benefits of 'superfoods', it can help motivate you to improve your eating habits, which in turn will boost your health.

Superfoods, say the app's developer, Silver Beech Studios, are rich in phytochemicals - nutrients that have properties that enhance health and fight disease.

More than 40 plants or plant groups with exceptional nutritional content, such as arugula, bee products and figs, form the basis of this app.

Each food's health benefits and nutrition facts are provided, as well as several recipes.

For example, you will learn that papaya, with its enzyme papain, is beneficial for the digestive tract, promotes good cardiovascular heath and provides protection against colon cancer.

Hit 'More' and the app will break the benefits down by body part, as well as detailing the advantages of the minerals and vitamins found in the food. You will also find a few recipes like 'Papaya Catcha Wave', a papaya, banana and spinach smoothie.

The app is a database, so you shouldn't expect any great functions, and it's a pity that the recipes can't be printed or e-mailed and there is no search function.

It is also North America-centric, so some of the foods mentioned, such as nettle and mesquite, may be hard to find in Hong Kong.

However, the app is interesting, concise and nicely laid out, and it will inspire you to eat more superfoods and put you on the road to better health.