Super Foods seem to be the big fad these day’s. You cannot look at any health and wellness sites without seeing the “Top Ten List of Super Foods You Need in Your Diet NOW!”. But what are they exactly, and why should you be putting these foods into your diet?
First, a super Food is defined by being a nutrient-rich food that is especially beneficial for health and well being. Or simply put- any natural, whole food such as fresh fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, etc. According to Livestrong.com, super foods are foods — mostly plant-based but also some fish and dairy — thought to be nutritionally dense, low in calories, and thus good for one’s health. The term has no set scientific meaning, however, and any list of “top” super foods is purely subjective.
Lists of super foods are extensive on the Internet. Some websites list as many as 50 or 100. At this point, the term “super food” becomes almost meaningless or, at best, defined with just about any fruit or vegetable. Another problem with the term is that some super foods fall in and out of favor with dieticians, such as coffee or eggs.
As stated above, super foods, can be any type of fruit, vegetable, lean source of protein, healthy source of fat, a source of complex carbohydrates, or even some type of smoothie. Any type of super food is great to have in your diet as long as you include other food groups. Fresh fruit, veggies, lean meats, complex carbohydrates, and minimal processed foods/added sugar is what your body really needs.
As long as you are eating clean, exercising out regular, and drinking plenty of water you will not need to worry about these super foods because chances are you will be eating them at almost every meal!