Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Superfood? What are superfoods really?

Renee Gosselin, MS MBA RD
Nutrition Instructor

Everytime I hear the word “superfood” I think of some odd cartoon of a fruit with superhero cape...…I know the visual is odd  but after finding pictures of superhero fruit I guess I am not the only one.

 We have all most likely heard the term “superfood” but what does that really mean and what foods have been coined this term. 

There has been a lot of debate in the media what is a “superfood” and normally we do not use this term in medical field However, it is important we are aware of what a “superfood” is associated with. The word superfood has been associated with foods that deem multiple amounts of benefits while consuming these. Additionally the term “superfood” has also included supplements such as green tea extracts which are not regulated by the FDA. Just by doing a search on the internet, I found that now supplement drinks that provide what they stated multiple grasses are being categorized as a “superfood”. We have to be cautious with the term “superfood” as they are normally highlighted in the media to sell a product or endorse an organization.  

Many of the foods that have been placed into these categories include:

Green leafy vegetables
                Brussels sprouts
                Collard greens
Citrus and Berry fruits
Fatty Fish





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