Superfoods? What are they?
Wikepedia defines the word “superfood” as a “marketing term used to describe foods with supposed health benefits”, and sites blueberries, as a so-called ‘superfood‘ that actually “does not have unusually dense nutrient content”.
Now, Wikipedia is not exactly the first place I’d turn to for information with substance, but I do tend to agree with this definition. And about the blueberries?…. Blackberries can have up to twice the amount of fibre and Vitamin C as blueberries; stawberries up to 5 times the amount of Vitamin C, (but not as much fibre); and raspberries come out on top of blueberries as far as fibre and Vitamin C goes as well.
Superfood lists are best used as a reminder of the sorts of things we should be eating, rather than the last word on good nutrition. The field of nutritional science is breaking new ground every day-last week’s superfood can fast become this week’s cancer causer!
A google search on superfoods will produce over 11 million results, and whilst there will be some commonality between these articles, I’m willing to bet a lot of money, that there are a lot of different foods up there on the net being touted as superfoods. Wine and dark chocolate probably feature on quite a few of them!
Here’s one superfood list I found on the net recently, just to get you thinking.