I've never liked the "superfood" concept. Each year it seems like
there's a new "superfood", heavily hyped and promoted it's touted as the best
food to prevent cancer, heart disease, boost your immune system, make you feel 10 years
younger and on it goes.
Using scientific terminology, the
"superfood" is touted as being bigger and better than all other foods
The one food which gives you optimum health.
Have you noticed though, the
vast majority of these "superfoods" are not every day foods? They're certainly
not foods I normally eat. I've never had Himalayan Goji berries for breakfast, or found
wild blueberries in my local greengrocer. While I do love pomegranates, the only time
I've seen an acai berry is when it's been juiced, bottled and slapped with a hefty price
One of my problems with the idea of "superfoods" is it creates
the impression we have to pay a lot of money to have the best health – which just
isn’t true. The term "superfoods" also gives people a false expectation of
the benefits from that food. As this research from the UK
"Some so-called "superfoods"
like pomegranate juice and almonds can be good for you as part of a balanced diet, but
giving them such a heroic sounding name confuses the public and can cause worse diet
choices as people mistakenly believe they can "undo" the damage caused by
Plain old, normal fruit and vegies are pretty super in
my book. The humble apple, oranges, pears, carrots, potatoes, broccoli, pumpkin, cabbage
– they’re some of the cheapest fruit and veg around and yet they are packed
full of goodness, including plenty of antioxidants.
The answer is (as
always), to eat a varied diet. Include plenty of fruit and vegetables, low fat protein
and wholegrains. Limit the alcohol and have the occasional treat. And remember
no one food can work miracles.