It’s A Bird… It’s A Plane… It’s A Superfood!
So what are superfoods anyway? While there is no scientific definition of what a superfood is, it generally refers to a nutrient dense food that is considered to promote positive health. Merriam-Webster defines a superfood as:
a food (such as salmon, broccoli, or blueberries) that is rich in compounds (such as antioxidants, fiber, or fatty acids) considered beneficial to a person’s health <Superfoods increase energy and vitality, regulate cholesterol and blood pressure and may help to prevent or fight cancer and other diseases.— Kathleen Back Brady, Tallahassee (Florida) Democrat, 26 Feb. 2014> <Because açai is rich in polyphenols and other antioxidants, it’s been hailed by some as a superfood or “miracle berry.” — Andrew Weil, Self Healing, October 2006>
Superfoods alone are not the key to a healthy diet, but they can be used to promote positive health. Try to incorporate as much of these nutrient packed foods into your diet on a daily basis as possible. The majority of superfoods are plant based whole foods which is the key to a proper balanced diet. Below is a list of some of the most popular and most nutrient dense superfoods:
- goji berries
- greek yogurt
- green tea
- oily fish
Many of these same superfoods can be found on the 25 Greatest Superfoods list with a more detailed description of what makes each one so super.
What is your favorite superfood?