The Phenomenon of the Superfood Gardener
A rising number of health conscious adults are opting to grow their own superfoods in a bid to save money and make the most of their own outdoor space, as 1 in 4 admit to growing their own versions of the often expensive foods.
A survey by garden and conservatory furniture etailer, Alfresia.co.uk, has found that the 26% of British adults have grown superfoods such as Flax seed, Aloe Vera and Blueberries themselves in their garden, yard, balcony or window sills.
Superfoods are nutrient-rich foods, considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being. There is some evidence to suggest that superfoods such as Flax Seed, Wheat Grass and Blueberries may help reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, a stroke, and diabetes. Aloe Vera offers unique benefits such as protection against dental cavities can help reduce liver damage associated with alcohol abuse.
The rising trend in superfoods is being fuelled by social media, bloggers such as Deliciously Ella and celebrities such as Miranda Kerr, Jessica Alba and Millie Mackintosh, as an increasing number of trend setters look to embrace a healthier way of living. Jason Mraz recently posted an image on his Instagram account of his home grown Avocado. The singer is well known for being a vegetarian, and is sharing his harvesting journey with his fans and social media following.
68% of those who admit to growing their own superfoods say they want to feel the benefit of these foods, without paying the price tag.
Those who surveyed believed they saved around £250 per year (over £20 per month) by growing their own superfoods in the garden.
Craig Corbett, marketing manager at Alfresia.co.uk, said: “As a nation, we are becoming obsessed with discovering new and innovative ways to stay healthy, and also save money. Juicing has become a trend across the world, but the ingredients can often be expensive and once bought, can go out of date quickly.
“By growing your own superfoods at home, you’re not only going to save heaps of cash but also you’ll have a fresh batch of superfood goodness at your fingertips almost all year round.”
The survey exposed the most popular home grown superfoods were:
- Kale (64%)
- Sweet Potatoes (52%)
- Spinach (48%)
- Blueberries (33%)
- Aloe Vera (31%)
- Beetroot (28%)
- Wheat Grass (25%)
- Asparagus (23%)
- Flax Seed (21%)
- Chard (19%)