UnSuperfoods: A Less Restrictive Guideline

UnSuperfoods: A Less Restrictive Guideline

Super foods is a super marketing ploy for businesses and organizations to establish nutritional authority. Which super food list is the truth? None of them. All of them. The point is you have flexibility while meeting what your body needs. All of the superfood list contain all if not some of these groups.

What about protein?

Most greens and cruciferious vegetables contain the protein you need. Beans and legumes are helpful too. Animal products rarely contain more nutrition than plants, thus barely any made this list. Meats may contain protein but also high in saturated fats and salt. My suggestion that if you are a meat-eater- palm size two meals a day. A shocker for some of you. While I’m busting dairy and meatalicious dreams, dairy isn’t the best source for calcium either. Most greens and starches are. Your body absorbs them better.

What about food allergies or gut issues?

Fruits tend to be highly acidic which can aggravate the gut. Bananas generally are safe. Cooked fruits in whole grains or starches could help tolerance. Do listen to your body, especially with food allergies. Rice can be substituted for wheat. Seeds can be eaten instead of nuts. If raw versions of any food is problematic, light cooking or steaming is just fine. Raw food isn’t always better.

Switch it up. By day, week, or season. Be flexible in your food relationship.

J.Riley

Superfoods: Super Helpful or Super BS.

Superfoods: Super Helpful or Super BS.

You see those lists. Eat this super food. Top 10 super foods. Here’s a powered form of super foods. Just super. Generally, super foods are a list of nutrient dense or nutrient significant foods. Often short list and often not the whole story.

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Super Helpful Foods

These lists are not wrong. Often Western diets lack variety and nutritional benefits. Superfoods bring nutrient-dense foods into focus in our food relationships. It makes it easy to “know” what to eat.

Super BS

These lists are not right either. Most often these super foods are limited and give the misconception to eat a limited diet. Rainbow your food relationship. Super foods are a marketing gimmick or attention grabber. Not all on the list are the best for you either. You might see dairy on some lists. Dairy can be troublesome for those with IBD or gut disorders. Some people are sensitive to it. Nuts and seeds can be an issue too with digestion. It doesn’t mean you’re not super if it’s not for you. Many fruits and vegetables can be switched out for another. Kale is tolerated in my food relationship. I logically understand why it’s amazing food to eat. However, this king of superfood is not well-liked or a focus. Often I substitute other foods to keep the nutrients and keep kale at a distance. Not all superfoods are super either. Acai is delicious but blueberries are not that much different nutritionally. And much more cost-effective to eat.

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How Do You Eat Super?

We can make it easy for ourselves without being so restrictive. A general guideline helps you keeps your food relationship in a healthy status. However, you pick the specifics or let a nutritional professional help you. Especially, when you are dealing with food allergies or chronic illness. A more open guide on the types of foods you need is coming soon.

JRiley