What is a ‘superfood?’

Written by Eric Ulchakere

May 20, 2020

If you’re trying to get into wellness, you’ve probably heard the term ‘superfood.’ Personally, I expect anything that has the word ‘super’ in it to wear a cape and go around town solving crimes.

On the offset, it’s important to know that ‘superfood’ isn’t a scientific term, but a term used for marketing specific foods that are particularly nutrient-packed. Even if a food is labeled as a superfood, it’s still important to eat diversely and in moderation. Also, even if there isn’t hype about a particular healthy food, that doesn’t mean it’s any less scientifically super than the superfoods you might see in recipes on Pinterest or Instagram!

This article “What Are Superfoods?” from LiveScience.com provides a really helpful explanation regarding superfoods.

Some foods that are commonly called superfoods include: blueberries, kale, sweet potatoes, beans, nuts, and salmon.

According to the article, “Superfoods are foods—mostly plant-based but also some fish and dairy—that are thought to be nutritionally dense and thus good for one’s health.”

Superfoods tend to be really high in antioxidants, healthy fats, and phytochemicals.

For people who are just getting into wellness, it might be enticing to eat superfoods for every meal. Remember that balance is key in a healthy diet, even when you’re eating nutrient packed food!

As always, consult with your doctor if you have questions about making changes in your diet.

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