WHAT MAKES A SUPERFOOD SUPER?

WHAT MAKES A SUPERFOOD SUPER?

What makes a superfood super is the high density of nutrients it provides! It is not surprising at all that the word superfood was actually first used in a marketing scheme to sell more product. Most superfoods are plant-based, although there are some fish and dairy products that are thought to be nutritionally dense. When you eat superfoods you help heart health, energy levels, sharpen your brain and aid with weight loss efforts if that is a goal.

THE MOST SUPER SUPERFOOD

There are lists upon lists on the internet of superfoods. Harvard Health lists 10 superfoods that will boost your diet. They do include fish and yogurt. They note as well that no one food can give you all the nutrients you need for your body to be healthy, so a variety is best. Healthline names dark green leafy greens THE MOST SUPER of superfoods followed by 15 others. In “Love These Berries” I talk specifically about the atributes of berries, my favourite superfood.

The nutrients we are talking about here include a variety of minerals (zinc, calcium, iron), vitamins (C, K etc.) and antioxidants. Antioxidants help protect your body from cell damage. Often high in fibre and with large amounts of carotenoids, superfoods are believed to help guard against cancer.

You can group superfoods as fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, legumes and whole grains.

CAUTION

First and foremost be aware of your choices. Marketing companies can lead you astray.

Eating superfoods daily can help you with your goal to eat a healthy diet. Variety is necessary as your body needs a wide range of nutrients and vitamins to be well. You have to be cautious that you do not think that superfoods can FIX what you have already going on in your body.

Nuts are known to reduce cholesterol, but suddenly adding a lot of nuts to your diet is not going to magically alone fix this. Know your foods. Nuts have a lot of fat, good cholesterol-aiding fat, but still fat. Adding a lot of dark green leafy vegetables will increase levels of important nutrients and will certainly increase your fibre. Understand though that your body takes what it needs from your food at any given time. The superfood you are eating may now may not be exactly what your body needs. This means that unless you know what your nutrient deficits are, you may not be adding the right foods.

Part of the benefit of eating a diet that is rich in superfoods is eating WHOLE foods. If your superfood has been processed into powders and additives, the benefits may have been removed in the process. You may be robbed of the advantages you would get from the food in its’ whole natural state.

What makes a supefood super in my view is the combination of YUMMINESS and all of the amazing qualities I mentioned above. Share with me your superfood favourites at lmfvella@livefatandfit.com.

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