Passionate Discussion: Are Superfoods Healthy?

A passionate discussion started in The Netherlands about whether superfoods are healthy. A popular program broadcasted an interview about superfoods. The national organization for nutrition and food published that you need more than only superfoods. It wasn’t a negative article, but people could read it like that. And of course they did. Ay Lin Kho                     Photo made for the book Healthy & Happy Without Diets © NutriKhoAfter the discussion on the radio I can imagine that people were really puzzled: are superfoods healthy or not? The interviewer got a upset about the answers of the professional and interpreted it wrongly.

One of the first things I wrote for my book was a part about superfoods. Here is a short part of my book I already want to share with you.

“Lately, the term superfood has become popular. What are superfoods? I first learned about this term, in 2011, when I worked at a health store in Beijing. It means, ‘A food considered especially nutritious or otherwise beneficial to health and well-being.’ Dieticians and nutrition scientists don’t commonly use this term. It is an unscientific marketing expression used in various contexts, mostly for the hip unknown products like açaí or goji berries, raw cacao, special nuts, and seaweeds. It is a special group of foods found in nature. By definition they don’t have much calories but are very nutritious. They pack a lot of ingredients for their weight with few or no negative qualities, such as being high in saturated fats. They are superior sources of antioxidants and essential nutrients. You can’t go wrong with superfoods.

You could call many foods a superfood because the definition is very vague. If someone would ask me if a potato is a superfood, I would say, yes, because it is packed with potassium, selenium, and fiber your body needs. I would also include the ordinary apple to the list, which has a lot of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Common foods like bananas, pineapples, and potatoes are rarely called superfoods but in fact they are. Fish can also be considered to the list because of the omega-3 fats, which promote brain health. In general, the major groups of superfoods are fruits, nuts, greens, seaweed, and herbs. In this book I will call the foods with many benefits for your health, wonderfoods.”


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 This is a fragment of my book Healthy & Happy Without Diets Chapter 3 Wonderfoods!

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