What ARE SUPERFOODS? a dear friend asked me as we sat on the porch enjoying a visit. Honestly I could not answer her but I told her I would find her an answer.
I set out to answer a friend’s question and got caught in a quagmire.
Here is the long and short of it; there is no medical or nutritional bottom line definition for superfood. Like Organic, it has lost all relevant meaning and has become a marketing “buzzword” that has gained a great deal of traction in the last few years. As Americans continue to struggle to learn about health and wellness and what that looks like, healthy eating has become impossible to define or even have a standard of measure. In order to help you navigate this insane world here are some definitions to help you aim in the right direction.
SUPERFOODS are calorically low foods that contain micro-nutrients necessary for health but not found in abundance in the foods we eat most often. You may have seen some lists of superfoods in your favorite magazine or heard it on a news report.
The lists vary a great deal and there are some I have to question, based on the nutritional knowledge I have studied. Yet, some are really worthy of including in your diet to help build a healthy immune system and to add vital trace minerals and nutrients.
OUR ELEVEN FAVORITE SUPERFOODS:
- sweet potatoes
- sprouts and microgreens
These are in no specific order.
Try a Superfood. Give it a month and see if your body benefits from it. It takes at least one month to see any nutritional benefits, three months to really see changes.
A very wise teacher once told me: “Try everything in life. If it works repeat it if it doesn’t don’t”. Sound advice from a wise soul.