The Real Truth About Superfoods
We always hear about some new ingredient being hailed as the next big “superfood” in the news, social media, and ads. At some point it was quinoa, then it was kale, now, it’s chia seeds and acai berries. But what makes them super anyway? The word itself is controversial; many say that “superfoods” is a just a marketing term for foods that have health benefits.
What are superfoods anyway?
Although there is no official “scientific definition” of what a superfood is, it’s generally accepted that superfoods are nutrient powerhouses that pack high levels of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
“Eating ‘superfoods’ won’t hurt you. Most are very healthy,” Kris-Etherton, a nutrition expert and Distinguished Professor of Nutrition at The Pennsylvania State University says. Many of these superfoods are actually good for your overall health when paired with a balanced diet that includes lean protein, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables!
So…why argue about terminologies? If there’s one thing marketing people have done right, it’s helping make healthy eating trendy, and we’re all for it!
Superfoods to sneak into your diet
Though chia seeds, acai, hemp seeds, amaranth, and other trendy superfoods may not be easily available, there are some super-beneficial superfoods that are available at any supermarket and are so versatile that you can easily add them into your diet
Your body will love this fish– literally! Salmon is a lean meat packed with omega-3 fatty acids which helps reduce the risk of heart disease. It’s a protein powerhouse with 17 grams per 3 ounce serving! The American Heart Association recommends eating at least two 3.5 ounce servings of fish a week. And you’ll never have to get sick of it, here are 37 easy salmon recipes that you can try at home.
- Green Tea
Aside from being rich in antioxidants that help prevent chronic disease and promote skin health, green tea is rich in EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate) which promotes weight loss and fights cancer-causing free radicals.
Avocados are loaded with monounsaturated fat (healthy fat) which has been
linked to a reduced risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Our favorite way to take them is on a piece of toast. Here are 11 ways to up your avocado toast game.
- Goji Berries
These tiny berries have hunger reducing properties and contain 18 essential amino
acids. They are low calorie, fat-free and a great source of fiber and antioxidants.
Plain yogurt has all the benefits of milk and has the added benefit of promoting gut
health because of its active cultures. One thing to keep in mind is to opt for plain greek
yogurt as many yogurts are packed with added sugar.
- Sweet Potatoes
This versatile starch is rich in beta carotene, iron, and vitamins C and E. These nutrients work together to boost immune health and promote skin repair. And there are more ways to eat them than just plain old mashed sweet potato. Check out these 16 ideas on how to make them more interesting.
SkinnyFit Detox Tea is rich in metabolism-boosting and fat-burning benefits. Our blend contains 13 superfood ingredients that naturally help release toxins, kickstart your metabolism, and fight bloating!