Super Foods – Fact or Fiction?
– May 2015 –
If you were to ask most people how often they eat superfoods, they will probably rack their brain for the last time they delighted in a green smoothie featuring wheatgrass, kale, avocado, almond milk and chia seeds. Or perhaps a time when they devoured organic muesli, dressed with acai berries, pomegranates and topped with co yo (coconut yoghurt).
But despite the marketing hype and expensive price tags, the fact remains there is no one superfood that will convey youth, vitality and cure disease. There is, however, a range of nutrient dense foods–some of which you probably include on a daily basis already–that can super charge your diet.
Experts, like Associate Professor Tim Crowe from the Deakin University School of Exercise & Nutrition, urge people to see beyond the fad foods and seek solace in knowing that a host of regular, common foods can be just as good, if not better!
Tim lists 10 foods like yoghurt, tomatoes, soy, dark chocolate, fish, berries, tea, nuts and seeds and oats along with cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, kale, bok choy, brussels sprouts as his favourites for providing you with the range of vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats, antioxidants, fibre and probiotics needed to optimise health and reduce the risk of disease.
So rather than becoming overwhelmed by the enormity of products stocked in the health food section of the supermarket, remember that a super diet can be easily achieved by enjoying real whole foods. When trying to improve your health, refer to Tim’s list (see above) for the foundations of your weekly shopping list, always select seasonal fruit and vegetables, and strive to eat as many different types of foods as possible. A good target is 30 different foods per day, so c’mon, eat up!!
Katherine Shone (Accredited Practicing Dietician, Accredited Sports Dietician)