Super Foods

Oct 3, 2020

 by Bryan Preston

"Superfoods! Go Eat Them NOW! No, Seriously, go eat them."

Ok, how many times have you seen articles about Superfoods? If you follow any nutrition online or through social media, you most likely have been slammed by them. Now, that's not neccessarily a bad thing but most of these articles a missing one thing.

The truth. 

I'll get to that in one second, just hang with me for a minute. 

This isn't an indictment on Superfoods and they have many benefits to our health. The reality is that most of us would probably benefit from more of them in our diet. If we include them in our nutrition every day or even every meal, we can reap their benefits. There is a link in this post that dives deeper into the benefits of Superfoods and answers the questions, WHAT IS A SUPERFOOD?

"According to Merriam Webster Dictionary, a superfood is defined as a food that is rich in compounds considered beneficial to a person’s health, such as phytochemicals, fiber, and Omega-3 fatty acids. Superfoods are recognized by national nutrition guidelines as Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables (PFV)." 

Ok, so what is this "Truth" I am speaking of? Here it is...

Many of the articles we see online and on social media present Superfoods as the end all be all. Or, "just eat this one food and all your problems will go away". I caution you not to fall into this trap. Superfoods are very trendy online as come and go in waves. Remember about 5 years ago? Everyone was talking about garlic. "it's so good for you. It prevents this... it fights this... it's good for your heart". Just a few years ago, turmeric exploded on the scene and was all the rage. "just eat this and all your inflammation will go away". 

Garlic is good for you and turmeric has been shown to reduce inflammation and you can benefit from including them into your diet. We do need to make sure that we have a complete nutrition profile. Your nutrition as a whole is more important than any one food or supplement that you take. 

Ok, so no more rant about Superfoods and there's many that I love. Like I said, "GO EAT THEM NOW!" 

Check out the link below. Inbody USA has some great articles and this is one they put together about Superfoods. There's some great information and benefits here, well worth the read. I would take a look at the information and types of food. Then, think about how you can incorporate them into your nutrition. Want to add more dark leafy greens, add some to your next meal prep. Want to eat more berries? Use them as a healthy snack. This article can help point you in the right direction.