So I’ve been seeing a lot of articles and videos related to superfoods. It’s like the “keto” trend there is going on, but in a much lower scale. People are only buying “superfoods”, just because they say on “health.com” or “mayoclinic” that these foods have a bunch of antioxidants, when they don’t even know what an antioxidant does.
This is not only the main purpose of this article, but also of my web page, to leave you with detailed information on what you’re putting to your body, and to really learn why are superfoods good for you!
Hype or Trend?
If you think about it superfoods already existed, before they were named “superfoods”. In fact, the only thing they are, is a list of foods which have a lot of macro nutrients in it. But how did they got the name?, and who invented it is still a mystery…
The only thing we know is that scientist don’t really like this nomenclature, it is viewed as a marketing tool, with no obvious backed up research, which is true. My opinion on this is that this name was invented with the objective on mind to make people change their food habits and to make vegetables and fruits more “user-friendly”.
Most of these foods are plant-based, and as I mentioned earlier, they have antioxidants which are thought to help with cancer. See that I said “thought”, that’s because many people think that anti-oxidants heal even depression. Moving on, superfoods also became popular because they are thought to prevent:
- Heart disease
- Prevent Diabetes
- Help with digestive problems
The thing with this, is that the key to a good nutrition is not just consuming foods packed with nutrients. It all depends on what are your fitness goals and what healthy habits you want to improve.
As I mentioned on the lasts paragraphs, superfoods are mostly plant-based. Before I give you my favorite list of these foods I want to stand out that you can mix them up however you want, there is no specific way to eat food. It’s just food period, and every one has their way of doing things.
The best superfoods in my opinion are:
Such as acai berries, goji berries, blueberries. All berry products are great and delicious, because of the high content of flavinoids which lower the risk of a heart attack.
- Leafy Greens:
Kale, chard, spinach, dark leafs. These are all rich in vitamin K, A, C, E and B vitamins.
As you already may know, the majority of teas all have antioxidants that is thought to combat cancer, as I mentioned earlier. My favorite teas are: garlic tea, green tea and red African tea.
This list is all of what I take and eat daily, however you don’t have to make it your own, you are free to explore other options and make your own list and start implementing it to your lifestyle.
Here are some honorable mentions you might want to also consider: spirulina, wheat grass, beets and beet juice, turmeric, garlic and barley.
First of all, the only purpose of a supplement is to supply you with a nutrient that you couldn’t or you didn’t get because of any given purpose. So, the main purpose of a multivitamin is to give
you all the vitamins you need for your day. The only problem with multivitamins is that it does not give you the right amount of vitamins you should need.
This is mainly because is barely impossible to put a large amount of vitamins from A to Z in a small pill, so instead they put a little amount of each. Also, multivitamins give you minerals that is very difficult to find on foods. All in all, the main objective of it is to help you with your nutritional deficiencies.
As a vegetarian, I take multivitamins because it’s very easy to meet my daily nutrients needs with it. Vitamin B12, is one of the largest struggles for us, this is because you can “only” find it on animal products. Obviously, there are plant-based products that contain vitamin B12, but not in the form, “we” humans, need.
Superfoods and multivitamins are often compared, and preferred one for another, because of the high amounts of nutrients these have. The difference between these two is that, as I mentioned earlier, multivitamins deliver you a little to large amount of vitamins and minerals. On the other hand, superfoods are also packed with nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals, but also have a large amount of other macro-nutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and healthy fats.
So, what should you do? Well, obviously you should take advantage and use them both. By combining these two you are making sure you don’t miss out on any nutrients and that you’re improving your overall health.
The Best Way To Include Them To Your Diet
I’d say you keep it simple. Don’t try to look for over complicated recipes. With the list I’ve provided, you should be good, however don’t spend a large amount of money on the groceries, because the majority of superfoods are expensive, don’t stop eating what you already ate. Start by including them to what you already ate.
I like to start my day with some oats, peanut butter and some berries, I take some maca, then for lunch some rice with some kidney beans and dark leafs like chard or kale. And for dinner a salad with some tofu. Obviously this is a vegetarian plan!
My best advice is to slowly start removing as much processed food you have on your diet, and start implementing more organic food. One thing I like to do is to add my veggies to a soup or to mash them with rice so that they are easier to eat.
Keep It Simple!
As you read, superfoods are not going to be the savior of your diet, but they will certainly help to meet your daily macro nutrients and vitamins. The name is heavily branded, and it’s nomenclature has no backed up research. You should definitely combine them, with some sort of multivitamin of any kind, but keep in mind that superfoods come extra macros such as carbs, protein and healthy fats.
And remember the best way to include them to your diet is to keep it simple, and don’t over exaggerate and buy a whole amount of superfoods because they are very expensive.
Also, feel free to explore and do your own research, on the internet you have zillions of recipes including superfoods!