Superfoods are defined as a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being.
There is a lot of buzz about superfoods as people become more focused on they’re overall health. Listed below are some popular superfoods: chai seeds, cocoa, goji berries, flax seeds, spirulina, kale, quinoa, etc. If you go to your local health food store the cost of these foods are high which makes it very difficult to include these foods into your diets consistently. Those who do are paying a pretty penny. The question I’m addressing today are these super foods worth it? Or is it a waste of money?
The inital intent of buying these foods are great. People who are purchasing these items are willing to do whatever it takes to get highly nutritious food into they’re bodies. We are told that superfoods have more health benefits than other types of food because of containing high amounts of one or more beneficial ingredient such as vitamins, minerals or antioxidants. Unfortunately the labeling system for these foods are not as accurate as they should be. Consumers can’t distinguish between the superfoods that are processed or unprocessed. Other issues that pertain to this false labeling system is that these processed superfoods are high in sugars, sodium and saturated fats.
Until our labeling system can be more reliable the best thing to do is to save your money. Don’t spend it on these speciality items. You’re better off spending your money on fruits and vegetables. According to the International Food Information Council (IFIC), this is the “super diet” that is highly nutritious with many health benefits.
- Low-fat dairy products
- Whole grains
- Oatmeal/oat bran
- Green tea
Including these foods into your diet you will create a “super diet” full of natural, minimally-processed superfoods that will provide the most benefits to your health.