The Healthy Dish
Health Food Expert Lee Cotton Explores Whether Superfoods Are All They’re Hyped Up To Be
One of the hot topics in mainstream media is the power of “superfoods.” They have the reputation of offering super powers and healing capabilities that would give Clark Kent his cape. But is all the hype real or just an illusion?
Superfoods are thought to provide health benefits that can aid some medical conditions. They are nutrient-rich and many contain antioxidants. Foods such as berries, green leafy veggies and some grains are considered in this elite category. There have been many claims about the benefits of these foods, including improved blood pressure and heart health.
It makes sense—you are what you eat. So, if you are feeding your body with foods rich in vitamins and minerals, you should feel the benefits. Eating a balanced diet that is abundant in healthy foods is the best path for overall health. Try to incorporate superfoods into a smoothie, add them to a salad or use them as a morning oatmeal topping.
Here are some examples of superfoods:
- Chia seeds
- Goji berries
- Fatty fish
- The best news—dark chocolate, which is loaded with antioxidants, is a superfood.
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