Are These Superfoods Worth the Hype?
By Sara Butler
If you were to ask a nutritionist about the term “superfood,” they’d probably make a face at you. They tend to despise the term because it’s really just trendy. No food is super, and most of the hype surrounding these foods are just that: Hype. Of course, all these foods have value nutritionally, but they probably won’t cure what’s ailing you all by themselves. There’s a bigger picture when it comes to your health, and no one food is going to make as big of a difference as a healthy and balanced diet will. Here are some superfoods that don’t deserve as much hype as they get, and alternatives to them that are cheaper and better for you.
Goji berries are very chic, and some claims have been made that they help people to feel calmer and even provide better performance athletically. The cold, hard truth is that goji berries are expensive and really not any better for you than other types of berries that are more affordable. You need variety in your diet, and different kinds of berries will provide you with that. Try strawberries, blueberries, blackberries or raspberries instead.
Quinoa is touted as a protein powerhouse, but that really depends on context. When you compare quinoa to rice it does have more protein. There’s no harm in adding quinoa to your diet, but you can also add in a bigger variety of grains to be healthy. Try spelt, farro, bulgur, brown rice or whole rye. None of them is really better than the other, but variety is the key! They will all provide different but important minerals, vitamins, and phytonutrients your body needs.
Are you sick of hearing about the wonders of kale? Well, it might be hard at this point not to be sick of it since it seems to be everywhere! It’s not that kale isn’t good for you – it is full of important vitamins and minerals. It’s also pretty convenient and makes great baked chips. But there are other things you can put into rotation to help give you variety – it doesn’t have to be all kale all the time! Instead, try spinach – the original green superstar! It’s packed with folate and iron, too!
Sorry to disappoint, but wine isn’t all it’s cracked up to be for your health. It may have antioxidants and other heart-healthy qualities, but it also is packed with empty calories and alcohol. You can enjoy this indulgence from time to time, of course, but don’t count on it to make you healthier.
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