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What Should You Know About “SUPERFOODS”?

Dr. Tole – Chiropractic Doctor in Winnipeg – SUPERFOODS

It can be a bit difficult to determine If some of the latest trends or buzzwords in healthy living are worth taking the time to listen to…so what about the idea of
superfoods?

There is a no official definition for superfoods. “Superfoods are just foods that are purported to have significant health benefits over other foods,” Marisa Moore, RD, LD, spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, has been quoted as saying.

She continues: “That means they could be high in fiber, vitamins, minerals, or other
nutrients. But giving so much attention to one food overlooks other foods that might be similarly ‘super.’”

One thing is for certain: it’s valid that there are naturally occurring foods, available at our local farmers’ market or grocery store, that have a SUPER amount of nutrients!

Let’s dive deeper into this idea of nutrients.

The nutrient content of foods is measured by an index referred to as the ANDI. It’s a measure of the vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and antioxidant on a scale of 1–on the low end–to 1000. Some of the most nutrient dense foods include spinach as well as bok choy. Kale and collard greens also come in at 1000 on the scale—sounds pretty “super” to us!

When evaluating your own definition of a superfood (without all the hype!), keep in mind foods that help you obtain a mix of vitamins, minerals, and of course, fiber.

Don’t know where to start? Start with in-season fruits and vegetables that are usually found on the outside aisles of your grocery store, and you’ll be on you way to “super
nutrition” in no time!