Today’s Wonder of the Day was inspired by zach from lees summit , MO. zach Wonders, “why are they called super foods” Thanks for WONDERing with us, zach!
Do you like to go grocery shopping with your parents? Sure, standing in long check-out lines can be boring. Walking up and down every aisle in the store — sometimes more than once — can get tiring. But getting to pick out your favorite foods can make the trip worth it!
When you go to the grocery store, what foods do you choose when you're given the opportunity? Do you head straight for the frozen pizza and chicken nuggets? Or would you rather grab a box of your favorite breakfast cereal?
If you're interested in healthy snacks, you might want to consider picking out a few superfoods. No, these foods don't have a large "S" imprinted on them like Superman's chest does, but they can have health benefits that might seem like superpowers!
The term "superfood" has been around quite a while, but it has gained popularity over the course of the last decade. Just about every health and diet website or blog on the Internet will have multiple articles on superfoods and their supposed benefits.
So what exactly makes a food super? Many kids probably think pizza is super! It's super tasty. That's for sure. But "superfood" is usually reserved for foods that are particularly dense in nutrients and thus supposed to be especially healthy to eat.
There's no exact definition of superfood, though. There are no specific criteria a food must meet to be considered a superfood. In fact, you'll find that scientists and dietitians rarely use the term superfood, because it's not a scientific term.
Instead, superfood is mainly a marketing term used to point out foods that have certain health benefits. Most so-called superfoods are plant-based, but there are also a few fish and dairy foods that many consider superfoods.
Some of the foods most commonly called superfoods include blueberries, kale, açaí berries, salmon, mackerel, kiwifruit, beans, whole grains, quinoa, nuts, seeds, spinach, cabbage, broccoli, sweet potatoes, squash, and pomegranates. These are just a few examples of the many foods labeled superfoods at one time or another.
Superfoods tend to have especially large quantities of important vitamins and minerals. They may also be high in fiber, healthy fats, antioxidants, and phytochemicals, all of which have a variety of health benefits. How much of each of these nutrients a superfood contains can vary wildly, which makes some superfoods more super than others.
Should you eat superfoods? Most dietitians would tell you that it's always a good idea to eat healthy foods full of vitamins and minerals. However, eating only superfoods won't necessarily make you healthier. Instead, the key is always to eat a balanced variety of nutritious foods in moderate quantities.