The Lowdown on Superfoods

Updated: Mar 5, 2019

Superfoods are a bit of a controversial topic. They have become all the craze lately but there is still a lot of research that needs to be done on them. This doesn't mean that you shouldn't eat them but just be mindful of packaging and marketing. Many "superfoods" also come at quite a cost but you don't have to spend money on super foods to be healthy. If your budget allows, then great, but if not then don't sweat it - many fruits and vegetables are also considered to be superfoods.

What are they? Superfoods are essentially nutrient dense foods. There isn't a specific definition or criteria which is why there is quite a bit of grey area in the world of superfoods.

Popularized superfoods are:

  • Spirulina

  • Manuka honey

  • Wheatgrass

  • Avocado

  • Acai

  • Coconut

  • Goji berries

  • Maca

  • Medicinal mushrooms

  • Collagen

  • Quinoa

  • Seaweed

Other superfoods:

  • Sweet potatoes

  • Blueberries

  • Flaxseed

  • Cinnamon

  • Lemon

  • Garlic

  • Kale

  • Salmon

Benefits The benefits of superfoods vary greatly depending on the type. Many are thought to help fight free radicals in your body, are rich in antioxidants, reduce inflammation, balance hormones, boost immunity, prevent growth of cancer cells, support hearth health, stabilize blood sugar, boost energy and support bone health.

How to use them There are tons of ways to incorporate superfoods.

  • Powdered superfoods - blended in teas, lattes, and smoothies

  • Lemon, garlic, cinnamon as seasonings and in dressings

  • Vegetables - roasted and steamed and added to grain bowls

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