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Are Superfoods Really Super?

By Sara Butler

When you imagine superfoods, do you imagine a salmon in a cape or legumes jumping over buildings in single bound? Well, superfoods aren’t super in that respect. When you hear someone refer to a food as a superfood, they are probably talking about the fact that the food is very nutritious. So, while the term superfoods are more marketing gimmick than truth, these foods are still really good for you. Here’s what you need to know about these healthy foods.

Have Realistic Expectations

Don’t expect too much from foods that you’ve heard called super. Eating a couple of superfoods doesn’t mean there’s no room for improvement when it comes to your diet. Keep in mind that eating too much of one thing isn’t healthy for you either, no matter how healthy you think the food is. You have to make rooms for a large variety of foods in your diet in order to supply your body with what it needs to be healthy.

Common Superfoods

There are several foods that are commonly referred to as super. They are:

  • Salmon – This fatty fish is low in fat and high in omega-3 fatty acids, helping to keep your cardiovascular system healthy. The American Heart Association recommends you get two servings of this fish per week.
  • Turkey – This food is a great substitute for ground beef, which is higher in saturated fat.
  • Seeds, nuts, and legumes – These are great sources of polyunsaturated fats and protein, but should be eaten in moderation. Try to choose the unsalted versions of your favorites and get four servings per week.
  • Berries – Berries are good for you because they’re high in flavonoids that are heart healthy. You should get nine servings of vegetables and fruits, such as berries, per day.
  • Kale – Kale is pretty popular and for good reason. It’s a great source of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and potassium.
  • Dark chocolate – Yes, dark chocolate is good for you. But while it may be high in flavonoids, it’s also high in fat and calories so enjoy it in moderation.

It’s more important to remember to get variety in your diet than it is to eat a food deemed super each and every day. Make room for variety in color and consistency in your diet and you should be on the right track to proper nutrition and better health.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Dallas, Tex.

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