WHAT ARE SUPERFOODS ?
Goji berries, Chia seeds, Moringa, Spirulina, Maca, Wheatgrass, Baobab….
More and more superfoods are making their appearance these last few years. What are they? Are they worth it?
Simply put, superfoods are foods significantly more concentrated than the average in one or more nutrients (
Inevitably, a commercial assault is launched around these products: some growers and distributors/retailers display exorbitant prices, present THEIR superfood as THE universal remedy, exaggerate claims on their benefits, or perform biased/irrelevant nutritional comparisons between superfoods and (non-super) foods.
Let’s try to separate fact and fiction:
To begin with, superfoods should really be called “foods” and most of
Further, no food, be it “super” is superior to all others, nor the remedy for all evils. All are different and have unique properties. Moreover, each of us is unique, with specific needs: it is not because a food is considered “super” that it is exactly the one you need at all times.
Another thing is that many superfoods come from far away: China (Goji, Ginger), India (Turmeric), Peru (Physalis, Ginger, Maca, Camu-Camu, Lucuma), Equatorial Africa (Baobab, Moringa). This means that there is a certain financial and ecological cost
Conclusion: In view of the price practices, nobody could afford to feed principally on superfoods (ecologically unenviable, but physiologically excellent). Superfoods
But the key does not lie in superfoods, it resides in foods: It is not healthy to eat fast food and some superfoods as a complement; bet rather on a diet with a majority of healthy foods (fruits and vegetables, seeds and nuts) of the best possible quality.
*discussed in an upcoming article