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What’s the Hype about “Superfoods” and Ones Worth Trying

It’s almost a challenge these days to follow a health blog and not come across a few articles touting the supreme benefits of “superfoods.” If you’re like many of us, you’re not exactly sure what makes a superfood so different from regular foods. Well basically, the term, superfood, was created to describe foods that have a very high nutritional content…that’s it!

There’s been a flurry of marketing hype around superfoods being able to help us lose weight, get youthful skin, and ward off a whole array of serious diseases. There’s no denying that most foods deemed to be superfoods are healthy; however, they have gotten some criticism as well. For example, Organic Authority points out that superfoods can be difficult to digest, they lack variety, and some of them are sourced through unsustainable methods.

Photo credit: raymondclarkeimages via Flickr

Photo credit: raymondclarkeimages via Flickr

But putting all the hype aside for a moment, let’s take a closer look at a few superfoods that are actually worth trying. Ultimately, it’s important to remember that superfoods don’t perform miracles and you should carefully read the labels on all new products you buy.

Chia Seeds

You might have a few nostalgic memories of an old Chia Pet when you think of these tiny seeds, but they do much more than just decorate a room. These tiny seeds pack a lot of power and are full of fiber and omega-3s. Add them to your soups, salads, oatmeal, and granola mix for an extra healthy boost.

Cacao

Chocolate lovers can rejoice because one of the best superfoods you can find is cacao. Cacao is an ingredient in chocolate and is often purchased as a powder. It’s packed with polyphenol flavonoids and known to help regulate blood pressure, improve sugar metabolism, and boost your immune system with pure antioxidants.

Seaweed

Seaweed might not sound the like the most appetizing new food to try, but it’s incredibly healthy and nutrient-dense. Our seaweed powder is an excellent source of iodine, fiber, minerals, protein, antioxidants, and chlorophyll (10mg/100 grams). Sprinkle it on top of soups, salads, pasta, or vegetables to take advantage of this superfood’s benefits.

If you don’t like the taste of the powder, try our seaweed capsules instead for the same benefit and none of the taste. Seaweed is also an excellent digestion aid and detox cleanser for the body.

Acai Berries

Many types of berries are well-known for their antioxidant properties and free radical-fighting abilities; a new berry to add to the mix is the acai berry. These berries have a sweet taste and contain omega-3 fatty acids and essential amino acids too. You can add the berries into smoothies or buy acai as a frozen pulp to add to your favorite blender concoction.

Superfoods You’re Already Eating

Lots of people are under the misconception that a superfood has to be exotic. However, lots of healthy foods that you already know and love are considered to be superfoods too, and you’re probably already eating them!

These are some more “common” superfoods that you should continue to keep eating because of their high nutrient contents.

Photo credit: Chef Mick (Michaelangelo) Rosacci via Flickr

Photo credit: Chef Mick (Michaelangelo) Rosacci
via Flickr

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