But wait, there’s no such thing as a superfood
It was around 2011 or 2012 when I first heard the term superfood. The then-beauty editor of the magazine I used to work for was working on a story about a specific super: açaí berry, a reddish-purple berry native to Central and South America. With regular consumption, it boasts benefits like improved skin appearance and weight loss. Of course, not all these claims are supported by academic research. But its exotic name and nature, and expensiveness were enough to create a desire and then demand among the health and beauty conscious.
“Though many foods could be described as super, it’s important to understand that there is no single food that holds the key to good health or disease prevention,” explained Ansley Hill of Healthline. Açaí berries likely contain the same nutrients found in more common types of berries, like blueberries, cranberries and strawberries. Aa·saa·ee just sounds fancier.
What is a superfood anyway?
“Superfoods are foods—mostly plant-based but also some fish and dairy—that are thought to be nutritionally dense and thus good for one’s health. Blueberries, salmon, kale and acai are just a few examples of foods that have garnered the ‘superfood’ label (Live Science)”
However, many dieticians and nutritionists agree that superfood was coined for marketing purposes. Who wouldn’t want to add super ingredients to their diet if it promised better health and glowing skin? And all you have to do is eat it!
Why not make your diet super instead?
Consuming nutritionally dense food in different varieties and in the right quantities should be the goal. Because a healthier and prettier you is the result of a healthy balanced diet. Herewith, some ingredients to add to your fare and why:
Good health and pretty are achieved with the help of a variety of nutritious foods, exercise and a healthy lifestyle. For best results, consult with your doctor.
Art Alexandra Lara