As the health craze continues among Americans, you’ve probably seen the term “superfood” more and more over the last few years.
So what exactly are superfoods and what benefits do they provide?
While there is no real definition or inclusion criteria for “superfoods,” they are often described as nutrient powerhouses that pack large doses of antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals.
Some of the more popular “superfoods” include:
- Blueberries: rich in vitamins, fiber and phytochemicals, high intake of this superfood has been found to reduce the risk of certain heart conditions in young women.
- Kale: packed with antioxidants, kale helps to fight cardiovascular disease, prevent several types of cancer, prevent pre-mature aging of the skin, and promote urinary health.
- Sweet Potatoes: full of antioxidants and fiber, just one of these gives your body more than the recommended daily dose of Vitamin A.
However, like most other good-for-you foods, while superfoods can provide a lot of benefits, they aren’t a magic bullet. Because the term is most often used as a marketing tool, consumers often wrongly believe that eating these foods on top of a poor diet can provide the same benefits. Instead, superfoods should be incorporated into a heart-healthy diet full of other fruits, vegetables, and healthy grains.