What are superfoods?

What's so super about a superfood?

‘Superfood’ is a term that is used to refer to foods that are dense with nutrients and are beneficial for your health. They are mostly plant based foods, but include some fish and dairy.

Rich in antioxidants

However the term superfood is not a food group, it’s a marketing term that refers to these foods that have some great health benefits. These foods are believed to be rich in phytochemicals and antioxidant content.

Food source is important

The foods that fall into this category are only beneficial to your health if they are sourced from a clean environment, organically grown and pesticide free. As pesticide residue in fruit and vegetables can be very harmful to your health.

Do your research

For example if you are buying frozen acai berries do you know where are they grown? What chemicals are they sprayed with? Are they organic? Do your research to ensure that you are buying the best quality superfoods.

Watch your portion sizes

Also note that just because a food is labelled a superfood, this does not mean you can to crazy and eat as much of these foods as you want! You still need to be mindful of portion sizes, sugar content and calories in each of these foods.

Some examples of superfoods are:

  • Blueberries
  • Salmon
  • Acai berries
  • Oats
  • Sweet potato
  • Linseeds
  • Ginger
  • Broccoli
  • Tomato

Once you have found a shop to purchase your organic pesticide free superfoods, you can then start to incorporate some of these foods into your daily diet.  

The best diet that you can follow for your health is one that incorporates superfoods and is:

  • Primarily plant-based
  • Contains a variety of fruit and vegetables (eat the rainbow!)
  • Contains whole grains
  • Includes organic antibiotic free animal products/or fresh water locally caught fish

For more information on the benefits of great nutrition click here.

Author:  Vanessa Geraghty McGann - Owner & Master Trainer - PTV Personal Training & Wellness Coaching. pt_v@live.com.au.