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What Are Superfoods?

One of the food trends that people often claim can reduce the risk of chronic illness and disease is "superfoods". It has been claimed that some superfoods offer health benefits such as lowering the risk of heart disease, but what exactly are superfoods and what makes them so super?
by VeeTee Health
There is no official definition of what a superfood is, which means there are no set criteria or specifics that make one food better than another. No, that doesn’t mean you can indulge in cakes or chocolate and get away with calling them superfoods!

While there is no definitive list of superfoods and not-so-super foods, the former are widely considered to be foods that are rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. These foods offer a high level of nutrients that you don’t get from eating other food groups.

What are considered superfoods?

There are some food types and groups that are considered to be ‘superfoods’ because of their nutritional value. The most common foods referred to as ‘superfoods’, are things like blueberries, salmon and acai berries. Berries and some other fruits are known to be high in antioxidants, which are recognised to help lower your risk of disease. Salmon (as well as other oily fish), is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which is important for maintaining a healthy metabolism.

Wholegrains and beans are also widely accepted as superfoods. This is because they are a great source of low-fat protein, as well as being high in fibre and vitamins. Wholegrains and beans often tend to provide a longer lasting feeling of fullness thanks to their soluble fibre content. They can also help to lower your cholesterol and are an all-round healthy option for meal times.


Importance of a balanced diet

VeeTee Superfoods - Blueberries in heart potAlthough the term ‘superfood’ isn’t a scientific definition, there seems to be plenty of “solid evidence” that eating superfoods will improve your health. However, many of these studies are based on concentrated samples of superfoods and don’t account for the amount you would have to eat to benefit from the food’s nutrients.

It’s important to remember that a balanced diet is always the best way to eat healthily. There are plenty of foods that aren’t considered to be superfoods that are also important for your diet. We don’t recommend changing your diet too heavily by suddenly eating large amounts of superfoods, as this could have a negative impact.


What are the benefits?

Despite the fact that superfoods are not necessarily proven to improve your health or reduce the risk of disease, they still offer you a number of benefits. Superfoods are generally rich in nutrients and antioxidants that can make your diet healthier. If you don’t include any superfoods in your diet then you could be missing out on some important nutrients.

Many people eat healthily but are undernourished because they don’t have a balanced diet. Introducing superfoods in smaller amounts can be extremely beneficial for your diet. By swapping unhealthy snacks to superfoods, you could improve your health massively and reduce your risk of chronic illness.

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  1. I always wondered what made a food have the status of “superfood” and so I did some research on it. I found an article that mentioned how it was all a marketing ploy in the beginning, and I think that makes it confusing for a lot of people as to what really is a superfood. You provided some great info that I hope more people read so they can understand it better and not fall for marketing ploys of companies just trying to sell more of their product. What do you think about the article I mentioned? Pretty interesting right?