Superfoods: Friend or Foe?

Nov 15, 2017

The media love to write about Superfoods and their health benefits.


Every magazine article lists a different Superfood Top 10 list which includes things like bone broth, kefir, and spirulina. These lists include items which are organic and unprocessed, but it is a bit confusing figuring how to incorporate some of these into a healthy, satisfying diet. Let's look at the definition of a superfood. According to Wikipedia, Superfood is "a marketing term used to describe foods with supposed health benefits. This term is not in common use by dietitians and nutrition scientists, many of whom dispute that particular foods have the health benefits often claimed by their advocates." If you do a search, many of these items do need to be purchased online in a supplement or powder form.

According to Dr. Michael Greger, MD, FACLM of www.nutritionfacts.org, we simply need to focus on a healthy diet which consists of more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and less meat. Think about it, with all the information available, Americans still struggle with obesity, diabetes, cancer and heart disease. Removing unhealthy food and replacing it with healthy food helps you to enjoy the "super" power of blueberries, broccoli, beans, nuts, herbs, spices and maybe even a little flax seed on top!

Remember to "eat what we want (ONLY) after we eat what we should.”

This is Sheila Harrell with Church Health.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superfood

https://nutritionfacts.org/video/reductionism-deficiency-mentality/

https://nutritionfacts.org/video/what-are-the-healthiest-foods/

http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/6-essential-nutrients-functions-4877.html

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/health-benefits-of-cabbage.html

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