Many foods, such as soy, berries and avocados, have jumped to nutritional stardom over the last few decades. Their popularity has come about thanks to the term ‘superfood’. Superfoods are constantly being talked about in the media, with the word now universally understood to mean extra-healthy. As a result, sales of so-called superfoods have increased worldwide over the past few years. But despite this rise in sales, many experts remain sceptical about the misconceptions surrounding use of the term ‘superfood’.
What are superfoods?
While there is no official definition for the term ‘superfoods’, natural foods that contain a high concentration of nutrients fall into the superfood category. These foods are believed to have health benefits beyond those of ‘common’ foods due to rich phytochemical and antioxidant content.
Antioxidants are known for their ability to fight against the harmful effects of free radicals, which damage DNA and cells, contributing to the process of ageing and the development of heart disease and cancer. But purely focusing on antioxidants overshadows the broad array of other important nutrients that are found in many foods.
Supercharge your Diet
Snacking on a handful of berries or including a piece of broccoli with dinner may provide you with a range of antioxidants, but it’s not going to provide everything you need for optimal health.
Becoming too fixated on one antioxidant or one nutrient in food can make you lose sight of a really important point: nutrients in one food or a combination of foods can work together in synergy to benefit your health. Food synergy is a simple way to look at healthy eating: consume a variety of wholefoods each day for optimal health instead of the ‘food of the moment’. Wholefood is food eaten in as near as possible to its natural state, with minimal processing.