Superfood Myths Busted
My son sent me this link today, which was a real eye-opener for me. I was surprised to see the health benefits of superfoods that we had been discussing for years. This made me realize how easy it is to ignore simple foods in our quest for new and more difficult foods. We are ludicrous and give in to the commercial food vendors. (I saw an advertisement for quinoa selling at 750 INR per kilo. This is crazy. Let me share what I have read.
What is Superfood?
According to the Macmillan Dictionary,’superfood’ is a food that’s very good for your health. It may also help with some medical conditions.
According to the Oxford Dictionary, a superfood can be defined as “a nutrient rich food that is especially beneficial for health or well-being.”
The term “superfood” is a marketing tool that has little scientific support. A third definition of superfood is “a non-medical term that has been popularized in media to describe foods that have health-promoting properties, such as reducing one’s risk of developing disease or improving any aspect or physical health.” Superfoods can also have a high level of vitamins and antioxidants which can be good for your health.
The superfood Spinach is proud to have been tagged in 1950. However, Popeye, the spinach lover, deserves the credit.
Let me now tell you about the superfoods I’ve read and what myths they have busted.
Quinoa, which is high in protein but low in gluten, is the most prominent on this list. It has 18% more protein than other grains.
Quinoa’s high fiber content may be responsible for the presence of gut irritants saponins or lectins despite its high protein content. Quinoa can cause gas and bloating.
It is high in magnesium and potassium, and can be used as a post-workout drink.
This superfood is low in calories, but 100ml contains three teaspoons sugar. That’s half your daily allowance.
Wheatgrass advocates make many health claims, including the prevention of cancer and general well-being.
The American Cancer Society says that there is limited scientific evidence to support the claim of wheatgrass and wheatgrass diets as being able to prevent or cure disease. There are also no evidence of any beneficial pharmacological effects of chlorophyll.
There are many other super foods that claim to be super food, like goji berry or acai. However, I have not tried them so I am not too concerned. This research-based link made my heart happy when I found the real superfood list. The simple reason is that I eat most of them. Here’s the complete list. These are the most nutritious fruits and vegetables.
Chinese cabbage, spinach and beet greens, leaf romaine lettuces, mustard leaves and turnip greens.
These superfoods aren’t readily available in local markets, especially during winter?
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