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Superfoods


QUESTION:

I've seen signs at health food stores that say some foods are "superfoods".  What does this mean and is it true?

ANSWER:

The latest buzz in the nutrition field is the term "superfoods" or "functional foods".  These terms refer to wholesome foods that provide a high level of nutrients in each serving, particularly antioxidant vitamins, healthy fats, and/or phytochemicals that help fight disease.  There are no strict guidelines yet as to what qualifies as a "superfood".  However, for an idea of some food items that health experts have regarded as "superfoods", check out the following list:


In light of the fact that some foods are indeed healthier than others, I suppose the term "superfoods" or "functional foods" is fitting and appropriate.  Filling your diet with nutrient dense foods such as these can be beneficial and health-promoting, so indulge!

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