Are Superfoods Necessary or Overrated?

Can you supercharge your diet without Superfoods? Are they really that important, or just overrated? I’m talking about all of that in today’s blog post and including a little goodie for you at the end. 

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When I started my health journey about 4 years ago, the superfood label was very attractive. I was under the impression that these so called “superfoods” were the magic answer to improved health and weight loss. As I learned more and more about plant-based nutrition and functional medicine, I realized that this wasn’t so true.

But first let’s break it down for a minute and define a superfood. According to the dictionary, there is no definition for it. It doesn’t exist. That’s because we made it up as a health buzzword.

Now let’s check a less reliable source– urban dictionary.  Here the definition of a superfood is  “A common marketing buzzword that refers to any foodstuff that isn’t an artificial amalgamation of corn syrup and hydrogenated oil.”

In conclusion, the non-official and non-scientific definition is that they’re foods with some of the highest levels of vitamins and minerals. I don’t know about you, but going by this definition all fruits and vegetables are essentially superfoods!

 

Are Superfoods worth it?

Popular superfood items like goji berries, acai, reishi powder, and others, are pricey and you may be wondering if they’re worth your hard earned dollars. The short answer is probably not.

While these “super” foods have the highest concentration of certain nutrients…. Eating the right foods, the kind that are nutritionally dense, provides a balanced intake of all vitamins and nutrients needed. Therefore, you won’t have to worry about supplementing with overpriced, often overrated superfoods.

There are some affordable swaps you can make instead. Here are just a few…

  1. Goji berries:  Raspberries and blueberries have just as much antioxidants and fiber as goji berries. They actually have a lot less sugar, too.
  2. Cacao powder: While this is one of my favorite superfoods, it can be expensive so I often opt to just grab chocolate with 80% cacao content.
  3. Maca powder: This adaptogen root is great for hormone balance, energy and stress management but you can try chia seeds instead! They contain omega 3 fats, fiber and are a complete protein which will provide similar benefits to maca.

Superfoods will never counteract an unbalanced lifestyle lacking in fruits, vegetables and regular exercise. They’re a fantastic supplement to a healthy lifestyle but cannot make up for consistently unhealthy habits.  

Before you invest in superfoods, be sure to invest in mastering good eating habits and a healthy lifestyle.

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You can’t add one great thing into your diet ( i.e., a specific superfoods) while continuing to have lifestyle habits that are harming your health long term.

To a person who eats a balanced plant based diet abundant in fruits and vegetables, there actually aren’t any specific superfoods; And for the person who does not eat this way, no superfood can heal them.

 

I would love to hear your thoughts about superfoods.. 

What are your favorite superfoods and how do you incorporate them into your diet? 

 

Don’t forget to download the free guide of my 15+ favorite superfood staples, how to integrate them into your daily routine, and a few recipes too!

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55 thoughts on “Are Superfoods Necessary or Overrated?

  1. I agree the superfoods label is a misnomer. Basically any fruit or vegetable should be considered a superfood because it didn’t come from a box. I don’t think there needs to be a superfood diet. Just eat whatever fruit and veg you can get into your meals everyday and you will be treating your body better.

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  2. I was recently told this about superfoods. I usually keep maca, chia seeds, and flax for smoothies. If I come across a nice deal I may partake but I usually try to keep my nutritional habits healthier. Working towards cutting down on more.

    I’ve had more nutrients come from using/consuming lemon or any parts of the coconut (oil, milk, water, flesh) to help with my health, weight, and skin issues. Those are way more affordable than any superfoods that I have come across.

  3. THANK YOU for saying that chocolate is a superfood! I try to live a healthy lifestyle but not even close to it so at least I’m doing something right 🙂

  4. Ah… so that’s what it’s all about! I’ve always been curious about superfoods and where it originated. To be honest, all your can really do is live a healthy life and eat the right stuff.

  5. This is so true! Any healthy type food will be just as effective if you cut the bad stuff out as well. But no superfood will be able to do its job if you continue to fill your body up with the bad and unhealthy stuff.

  6. I really love your quote… “Don’t chase the rainbow… eat it!” Healthy food should be accessible to all! Sometimes other countries may not have the newest super foods. Alternatives should be advertised too and at a price everyone can afford!!

  7. I started learning about superfoods just recently, but i’d rather choose cheaper option. After all, healthy lifestyle should be something attainable and something you should be able to do your whole life. Too pricey food may not be worth it, specially when there are cheaper options.

  8. I think this is a great article- especially for the swaps. I have a pantry full of superfoods in mason jars, but not everyone is that neurotic. I couldn’t live without mama though! 😉 BUT I have plenty of chia and that is almost a daily staple. Thanks!

  9. I’ve often wondered which of the superfoods are actually helpful and which are just plain expensive – thank you for clearing it up a bit! I’ve already bought some chia seeds so I definitely need to try and use them more often!

  10. I never really cared about superfoods. having a childhood, spent mostly on clean eating.., I still maintain that. I do try to stay away from refined flour and sugar stuff. I try but then I fail sometime which is normal.

    • Some actually DO have evidence based research to back there claims which is great and the rest are just difficult to study in a trial setting. I’m glad you find great benefit from them. Any favorite superfoods you use in particular?

  11. Eat the rainbow, I love it! I try to have a dark leafy green veggie for dinner everyday. My son loves kale and spinach so I go between those two!

  12. This is great info. I’m not super into nutrition so this def gave me some introductory information and lots of guidance on how to incorporate superfoods into my diet without breaking the bank.

  13. I agree that the term superfoods is probably not the best to use. Instead of following fads, I just try to keep tract of my daily fruit/vegetable intake. At the end of the day, I should have consumed a combination of at least 5 servings. Ola@ JadoreLeDecor

  14. Superfoods are all dependent on how they react with your chemistry. That is how I feel anyway. Quinoa gives me a surge of energy as well as kale. Others not so much but they are considered super foods 🙂

  15. Great information! I totally agree that superfoods are highly overrated and hefty on pockets! I try to maintain the diet by using supplements and healthy veggies!

  16. I think the word “superfoods” makes the product more expensive, and there are consumers who are willing to pay on items they are expect to see on the label. Same as using the word “all-natural / organic”.

    Just stay eating the healthy balance food, and staying away from junk and oily foods, and you are good as healthy.

  17. My personal opinion on this matter is that superfoods are great to point out particular products that are healthy for you. I also think that fruits and vegetables are all superfoods if processed properly. Great discussion!

  18. Costco sold “superfoods” that were covered in chocolate for a while- I should have stocked up. I think the chocolate makes them less super, but more delicious!

  19. These cookies and packages are so lovely! I've been busy with my move so ha;#e&n39vt had much time to comment lately but wanted to wish you a happy new year! It's been lovely getting to know you the past year. xoxo, Ally

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