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!
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.