In addition to the vast research on “good nutrition” in general, that has greatly modified what has been reinforced in schools for the past 50 years, there is a depth of research emerging in the area of “Super Foods.” The term Superfoods, which as become much more mainstream lately, is used for those foods that not only boast sound nutritional value, but also help protect you from, and in some cases counteract, disease. Thus, in addition to helping you feel and look better, your diet can help actively protect you from free radicals, carcinogens and other “bad guys” that cause our bodies problems. While foods like dark chocolate (>62% cocoa), raw almonds and red wine have been highlighted in the media for their cardiovascular benefits for years, there are many other super foods with the ability to bolster health and fight specific diseases. Examples include blueberries, spinach, black beans, red bell peppers, tomatoes and yogurt. Lately, it also seems that the avocado growers and marketeers for a few restaurant chains have decided that being a Superfood is something worth highlighting to consumers. I like this, because I love avocado. Just note, this doesn’t mean adding 5 ounces of avocado to every meal will be good for you (use your head).
I’m not suggesting a Superfood only diet, because that’s not realistic for most (and certainly not for me), and I wouldn’t call that a “small step.” However, by simply increasing the proportion of Superfoods in your diet, you will not only positively impact the number of calories and fat (and what type of fat) you take in, but also give your body an edge to fight of sickness – and perhaps you’ll even feel “Super Charged.”
- Superfoods Everyone Needs (WebMD)
- 7 Superfoods Demystified (RawPeople.com)
- East More Superfoods to Lose Weight (CNN.com)
…or if you really want the low-down on Superfoods and how to get the most from them, read Super Foods Health Style by Pratt and Mathews (Amazon).
Small steps add up!