What makes superfoods super?

Sometimes at restaurants or at stores certain foods are labeled “super.”

 

But what makes a superfood so super?

Actually a super food is a food with an unusually high amount of nutrients.

When I was little I ate a lot of macaroni and cheese. Sometimes I would only fit about four noodles on my fork, and sometimes I would pack my fork until no more noodles would fit. I bet my record was at least 20 noodles. With each bite I was using the same fork, but the amount of noodles was different for each bite. If noodles represented vitamins and other nutrients, superfoods are the foods that have 20 noodles vs. 4 noodles.

There are a few tricks to determining which fruits and vegetables are super and which aren’t. A big giveaway is the color. Think about a normal potato versus a sweet potato. The sweet potato obviously has more color, and there fore that’s the super food. The sweet potato is super packed with beta-carotene aka Vitamin A (which is what makes it orange). The darker the fruit or vegetable, usually the more super it is.

Here’s a handy list of some super foods and what makes them so super:

  • Sweet potatoes – Vitamin A
  • Blueberries – anti-oxidants and Vitamin C
  • Spinach – anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatories, and Vitamin K
  • Greek yogurt – protein
  • Broccoli – Vitamin C and Folate
  • Strawberries – Vitamin C
  • Apples – Fiber and Vitamin C
  • Salmon – Omega-3’s
  • Oats – Fiber and anti-oxidants
  • Eggs – Protein

Eating superfoods is a great way to get the nutrients you need with fewer calories. So next time you’re shopping make sure to put a few of these in your cart!

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