Have you ever walked around a grocery store or shopped at your local health food store, and observed the words ‘Contains Superfood’ on a package? Have you ever wondered what a superfood actually is? Superfoods are the latest social food craze, even though they’ve been around long before the title was given to them.
So what are superfoods?
If you google ‘what is a superfood’ it tells you that it’s ‘a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being’. Other dictionary sources either have a similar description or offer no description at all, meaning the word is not yet apart of their search. My favourite definition from the Food Matters website says ‘they are calorie sparse and nutrient dense meaning they pack a lot of punch for their weight as far as goodness goes. They are superior sources of anti-oxidants and essential nutrients – nutrients we need but cannot make ourselves’. Pretty amazing, right!
Superfoods go above and beyond. They are nutritionally dense, are known for their disease and free radical fighting properties, are immune boosting, high in phytonutrients and antioxidants, low in calories, rich in vitamins and minerals, dietary fiber, essential fatty acids and amino acids. Some superfoods contain all these qualities and more, some only a few and they aren’t limited to fruits and vegetables as many might think!
Some superfoods have become pegged with having a specific healing ability, regardless of their many other benefits. Tomatoes are high in lycopene, among other nutrients, which can be beneficial in preventing prostate cancer, blueberries are packed full of antioxidants making them a go to for inflammatory problems, and tumeric is known as the cancer preventing spice.
What foods are super?
There are many different spices, fruits, vegetables, fats and even proteins that are considered superfoods. We can increase the superfood effect by eating seasonally, organically and locally. This allows the food we’re consuming to reach their peak nutritional value and by supporting local organic farmers you can ensure your produce are being grown in nutrient rich soil without harsh chemicals to take away from their maximum benefit.
Superfood Vegetables: Tomatoes, kale, spinach, ginger, garlic, onion, sweet potato, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, beets, seaweed, spirulina, chlorella
Superfood Fruits: blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, goji berries, strawberries, raspberries, acai berries, golden berries
Other superfoods: chia seeds, turmeric, cocoa, eggs, bee Pollen, royal jelly, salmon, coconut oil
We’re being exposed to more environmental and food toxins, packaged and processed foods than ever before. Eating clean, wholesome foods, now more than ever, will have the greatest impact on your health. Superfoods are a key component in maintaining your wellbeing, but don’t let all the talk of superfoods confuse you. Superfoods are regular foods that you can incorporate into your everyday diet. You may already be eating many of them without even thinking they’re superfoods! They should be included in your diet along with a wide variety of all fruits, vegetables, spices, herbs, proteins and essential fats. Superfoods have a slight nutritional edge, but all whole, natural, good quality foods have an important role in maintaining your health. Nutritional diversity is key! What you eat greatly impacts your life, in the moment and in the future. Eating a variety of fruits, vegetables, clean proteins and essential fats is the best way to achieve and maintain good health. Food is information, what are yout programming your body with?
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