The Rise of Super Foods
One of the trends in healthcare and wellness promotion that has expanded rapidly throughout the population, is the concept of super foods. There are countless foods that have been added to the list of “nutritional superheroes” that fight all evil in the negative health consequences that can occur.
The concept of the super food has been around for a while, with some accounts of the term being used as far back as the early twentieth century. However with a growing interest in health promotion and increased consciousness regarding what is put into our bodies, the term’s use has skyrocketed to the point where it is being used in marketing campaigns in some of the more prominent chain food companies. In terms of an actual definition, a super food is one that essentially provides individuals with more of a health benefit than other foods, providing excess nutrient levels compared to others.
The media has played a role in the super food craze, as the sensationalist nature of various media outlets have portrayed this group of nutritional components as almost cures for the most serious health concerns. However, these foods are essentially useless in the effort towards health promotion if they are not used properly.
So what exactly are these foods and what makes them so super? A few of the more popular foods that have been categorized as super foods are kale, avocados, blueberries, quinoa, salmon, and so many others. Some of the properties that are found in these foods are antioxidant concentration, high protein content, density of vitamins and minerals, fiber content, and so many other nutritional components that can bring about beneficial health outcomes in various body systems.
The research community that has looked into super foods has been able to identify this additional health benefit in some foods compared to others, but the impact on the targeted body systems is still being tested. Hopefully with more knowledge regarding the impact of these super foods on our body systems we can truly allocate the term “super” with full confidence.