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Superfoods? Choose Old-Fashion Foods Instead

Healthy and nutritious everyday foods

Superfoods

Super-foods are everywhere in the media these days. Recently there were articles on all major online news platforms about ‘moringa’ being the new super-food and new wellness remedy to everything!

I mean… I’ve got nothing against moringa and I am aware of its antioxidant and nutritional properties, but is it really a super-food?

To start, let me tell you that the term ‘super-food’ is hardly recognised in nutritional science.

As per Oxford English Dictionary, super-foods are foods considered especially nutritious or otherwise beneficial to health and well-being.

Well, according to this definition, shouldn’t all vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices be considered ‘super-foods’?

The term ‘super-food’ has been improperly adopted for marketing purposes by businesses looking to push new products onto the market.

The reality is nutrients don’t work in isolation!

Ingesting incredible amounts of ‘super-green’ powders, wheatgrass, spirulina, or whatever the latest trend is, won’t make you immune to diseases if your diet and lifestyle choices are not equally healthy.

Having a super moringa juice in the morning, but then sitting all day, consuming a diet with highly processed foods, drinking alcohol and smoking your way through a tobacco field… sorry my friend, it’s not going to work that way!

So, what would I recommend instead?

Forget the hype of hard to find, expensive super-foods and think simple.

Think of a rainbow of colours on your plate.

Think old-fashioned fruits and veggies everyday.

Think local markets and seasonal foods instead of imported, packaged ones.

These foods would be cheaper, eco-friendlier (as they won’t have a massive CO2 footprint) and most likely contain more beneficial nutrients due to the way they’ve been handled / transported (no plastic – frozen/defrosted – high temperatures – long transfers).

Blackcurrants, red peppers, cherries, wild blueberries, pomegranates, tomatoes, are all amazing sources of vitamins and nutrients that you pay in excess for when you purchase those overly-promoted super-foods.

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