Decoding The Superiority Of Superfoods
Don’t you feel the word “superfoods” has recently caught a little too much attention? It makes us feel like it’s going to have something to do with a new kind of Avengers sequel! Okay that was a lame attempt at being funny.
But on a serious note, superfoods have caught the attention of health and nutrition experts around the world recently, and the reactions have created a divide. One lot believes that superfoods represent a positive revolution around the world, as they indicate that people have begun to understand the importance of healthy food. The second side, however, sees the dangerous and slightly disturbing aspect citing that though certain foods have abundant nutritional value and properties, exaggeration always leads to problems.
Now the obvious question is – which side is correct? Well, let’s try to find the answer to that.
Superfoods are natural foods that are low in calories and high in nutrients at the same time. Most of them are rich sources of antioxidants, and the quantity varies from one type to another. But they all have a good volume of important elements in them.
The nutrients in superfoods offer several health benefits like preventing cancer and heart disease, reducing cholesterol levels in the blood and arteries, boosting immunity, and helping to fight infections, reducing weight and fighting obesity, significantly increasing metabolism rates, as well as enhancing the health of the digestive system.
Popular examples of foods that have been labeled “superfoods” include broccoli, cranberries, beetroot, green tea, pomegranate juice, chocolate, fatty fish, and garlic. The common characteristic that distinguishes them from the rest of the foods is their high content of antioxidants, known to protect cells from damage and fierce cancer. They are also very rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
However, scientifically and accurately, there is no official definition of a superfood. In fact, some government and official agencies have banned the use of this term as a promotional name and prevented its use in the world of marketing to increase the sales of certain food under non-scientific names!
Also, what most nutrition experts say is that no matter how great a particular food is, in the end it remains just that – one type of food, not a complete diet. For example, you can depend on blueberries for their health benefits, but you cannot stick to only them as a complete diet. Moreover, following the strategy of eating unhealthy food the entire day and then having a bowl of blueberries as some sort of elixir won’t work; it will, in fact, backfire on you. The same applies to fads like green tea.
So basically what we’re saying is
Use food that’s best for your health, irrespective of what it’s called. But it should be part of a healthy, comprehensive, balanced and appropriate diet for you. There’s nothing called “magical” food so don’t follow anything blindly.
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