What to Know about Superfoods

Take a quick lesson on what makes these foods amazing and what they mean to your health.

It's a bird. It's a plane. It's a superfood?

The term superfood has been tossed around on talk shows and in magazines. What is a superfood, you may ask. The simple answer is a food that is really good for you. The term superfood has been used to describe nutrient-rich foods as well as foods that promote health benefits beyond basic nutrients.

Take a look at the following superfoods and their health benefits:

  • Cranberries protect against urinary tract infections, gum disease and ulcers.
  • Tomatoes could potentially delay the onset of some age-related disease due the nutrient content of fiber, vitamin A, and vitamin C.
  • Apples could decrease the risk of some cancers, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and stroke.

Also, consider the following superfoods for their nutrient-rich characteristics:

  • Kiwi – A serving of kiwi has twice as much vitamin C as an orange and also contains antioxidants.
  • Avocado – They contain 60 percent more potassium than bananas and are rich in vitamins B-6, vitamin C, and vitamin E.
  • Berries – The bright color of berries indicate the presence of certain antioxidants. The fruit is also rich in folate, vitamin C, fiber, and potassium.

If you are suffering from a nutrient deficiency,  your doctor may recommend a dietary change, including the increase consumption of various superfoods. The key idea to note is that superfoods are healthy – in moderation. The nutritional content or health benefits promises of a superfood shouldn't entice you to overeat. 

To learn more about healthy eating, talk to your doctor of dietitian. Need help finding one? Use our online Find a Physician service or call 1-855-868-6262.

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