The Only Superfoods You’ll Ever Need…

If you are striving toward better health, you’ve no doubt heard about all the superfoods which will supposedly change your life around with their antioxidant super powers.

Superfoods

Increasingly popular, we are all becoming familiar with exotic names like goji, acai, camu camu, spirulina, chia, cacao and maca; even if we don’t really know what they are. These foreign items often come with a huge price tag to match their elite health status and the long distance they have travelled from plants in faraway lands to the health food store shelf in your town.

Yet, despite the environmental and consumer costs, superfoods have become very trendy. Even though many consumers are reluctant to pay the price of organic meat and produce, their demand for superfoods has made it a $10 billion global industry. With so much money in the industry, everything from blueberries to chocolates are now being labelled as superfoods.

So what is a superfood and which superfoods do we really need?

The term superfood is simply a word created by marketing companies to entice the public to buy certain food products. The loose definition refers to a food that is extremely nutrient dense; providing more antioxidants, minerals and/or vitamins than other foods.

At first, superfoods mainly included the types of foreign plant foods listed above. However, due to the huge profits that are created through such health trends, the term superfood is being thrown around generously. For example, foods like dark chocolate and red wine, which went from villain status to superfood status overnight. Never mind the sugar and alcohol, the antioxidants will heal you! Here we have yet another case of marketing madness overriding commonsense in the health industry.

Indeed, dark chocolate and red wine contain antioxidants, and foods like goji berries and chia seeds are highly nutritious. But that doesn’t mean we can find a health cure-all in these purported superfoods. We are all so used to quick cures, a pill for an ill, that we love the idea of eating a few superfoods daily instead of actually changing our dietary habits for good. And therein lies the problem in trends like these: it draws our money and attention away from the foods we really do need to be eating.

The only superfoods you’ll ever need are organic, local plant and animal foods. Here are my top picks.

My very own superfoods list:

Pasture fed or wild meat /fowl
– Organically grown vegetables
– Wild fish & seafood
Bone Broth/Stocks
Raw Dairy
– Organ meats
– Fermented Foods

When you are eating an organic whole food diet of nutrient-rich plants and animals, then by all means, try out cacao powder, acai berries and chia seeds. Just beware of sugar, alcohol and additives in some superfood products, and don’t rely solely on these foods for all your health needs. Good health needn’t be too expensive or confusing…after all, most ALL of nature’s foods are super.

 

What are your favourite superfoods?

 

3 Replies to “The Only Superfoods You’ll Ever Need…”

  1. Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou for this post. Devouring more of your blog these days. : ) I love your honest and down to earthness. People have always eaten what native and natural foods are available to them. When people used to eat according to the seasons they naturally followed food rotation diet (people probably didn’t have or rarely had food allergies / intolerances either). Now we have everything available to us (particulary in Australia) with privilege. I also agree with you that so many of these superfoods are unnecessary. I also know that my body doesn’t like me to eat absolutely every food that has become available to us here in Australia. My friend with three children worrys she can’t afford a cupboard full of superfoods like all her other friends. I told her to keep meals simple, as you can get so much nutrition out of a lot of other wholefoods (that will probably sustain you for longer) than all these other fancy superfoods in a jar that you have to throw together with some coconut water and whatever else to make a smoothie. My point is that a lot of other natural wholefoods are super too…they just aren’t or can’t be advertised / marketed in that way. : ) Keep up the good work.

    1. Don’t get me wrong. I love a lot of those superfoods out there (mesquite is very delicious). However, it isn’t something that is always in my cupboard. I have also purchased a lot of the fancy superfoods out there (most of them just once). Some superfoods, such as mesquite (it really just is another food to me though), I like to have around as it is a nice caramel flavour sweetener that I can use for munchie balls and smoothies, as I cannot eat dried fruit or a lot of other natural sweeteners. : ) Btw, I love your saying at the end of this post…I say it all the time to people because I am so tired of hearing superfood this superfood that…All ‘natural’ foods are super! : )

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