You hear the term “superfood” all the time. So I decide I’m going to look into it and find out what types of food are “super” or if it’s all just a load of B.S. I start with the definition, or I should say definitions:
Google/ Oxford Dictionary definition:
Superfood – a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being
Superfood – is a marketing term used to describe foods with supposed health benefits.
Well that’s a good start, it tells us that it might be a bit of bullshit, but it doesn’t totally invalidate the idea that some foods are more nutrient rich than others. So I keep looking into it. What foods are super? I start with this article on superfoods.
Now the article does describe these as “lesser-known powerhouse foods” and they’re not kidding. It lists things like Acai, goji berries, maca powder, and kefir, things that are definitely lesser-known to me.
So I move on to the next article.
This one starts its list with tomatoes, then blueberries, kale, black beans, broccoli, salmon, and oats. Well at least I know what those are, but are they “super”?
WebMD has this list – Top Superfoods Offering Super Health Protection
Beans, Blueberries, Broccoli, Oats, Oranges, Pumpkin, Salmon, Soy, Spinach, Tea (green or black), Tomatoes, Turkey, Walnuts, and Yogurt.
Some of these are on the previous list, maybe they are “super”. I am surprised I haven’t yet seen avocado, which is the one I think I’ve heard the most about. Anyway, onto a big list.
52 best superfoods – List of Healthy Superfoods – Woman’s Day.
This list starts with eggs, hmm… that seems odd, but then the list continues on with some of the usual suspects like salmon, blueberries, and the just mentioned avocado. I get to number forty and the whole thing blows up in my face.
#40 Peanut butter, a super food, are they kidding? What? Dave would love to use this to again argue that peanut butter cups are healthy. Holy crap. It doesn’t list a specific kind of peanut butter, maybe they had a special one in mind? Here are the numbers on the back of the Jiff.
Ok, so it’s not terribly unhealthy, but a super food? All I can say is that I’m glad Dave doesn’t read Woman’s Day.