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What Makes Superfoods, Well, “Super?”
In the season of the Super Bowl, it’s totally appropriate to talk about “super” things.
You’ve likely heard of “superfoods.”
And of course, you know that means they’re really good for you.
But, what does “really good” mean?
Why make such a big deal out of adding these so-called “superfoods” to your diet?
Take a minute to learn more about superfoods and why you should care about them more than you do the typical food.
First: What is a “Superfood?”
“Superfoods” do more than just target bodily functions that aid your survival (which regular foods do). They’re far richer in nutrients that your body needs.
Technically, there’s no set definition from any prominent organization that defines what a “superfood” actually is.
In reality, it’s more of a marketing term that helps consumers identify foods which have much more positive impact on your health than the typical food.
For example, blueberries get a lot of attention as a “superfood” because of their abundant vitamins (which do too many good things for your body to actually list here), fiber (which makes digestion easier for your body), and phytochemicals (which provide protection from cancer) However, research has shown strawberries and cranberries provide similar nutrients. And, depending on the source, strawberries and cranberries may or may not be considered “superfoods.”
So, there’s no technical definition for “superfood.” You’ll have to read up and learn, and then define which superfoods are in fact super to you.
5 Examples of Superfoods (And Their Health Benefits)
So, let’s take a look at some foods you’ll commonly see called “superfoods.”
You’ll definitely only do yourself a favor if you add these to your diet in greater quantities:
Beans have insoluble fiber which lowers cholesterol, as well as high amounts of vitamins and minerals not found in the average American diet
Kale (and practically any other dark, leafy green): Kale comes loaded with vitamins A, C, and K and fiber, calcium, and other minerals
Salmon, which is high in EPA and DHA that reduce pain and inflammation, lowers blood pressure, and reduces your cancer risk
Garlic, which boosts your immune system, reduces the number of colds you get, reduces blood pressure and your risk of heart disease (and many other things)
Eggs, which have B-vitamins, high-quality protein, and vitamin A
And, research has found eating 6-12 eggs per week does not lead to an increased risk of heart disease or diabetes.
Science does not recognize the term “superfood” in any way. But do understand that some foods are in fact quite “super” with the health benefits they provide.
And you’re certainly wise to add as wide of a variety of these superfoods to your diet as you possibly can.