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Super Foods: What, How and Why

Updated on March 10, 2014

Intro to Super Foods

If you listen to conversation around healthy eating, fitness, and just overall well-being, you might have heard the word, 'super foods' being thrown around. But what exactly does it mean?

Well, Web MD describes super foods as being, "powerful enough to help you lower your cholesterol, reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer, and, for an added bonus, put you in a better mood."

With that being said, let's dive into more information on super foods!


What is a "Super Food"?

When searching for more information on super foods, I took to my always-trusty website, which gave a wonderful definition for what is a super food? It is simply a food that is low in calories, yet high in nutrients. Easy enough right?

These foods also have other great benefits associated with them, such as high antioxidant levels, lots of vitamins, minerals, fiber, calcium, or omega-3 fatty acids.

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So now that you know what super foods are defined as, you probably want to know what foods fit into the category of 'super foods'! Many of them you might find in a fruit basket, who knew!? So, without further ado, here are some common foods that have been labeled into this group.

Top Fruit Super Foods

  • Acai Berry
  • Blueberries
  • Oranges
  • Pumpkin
  • Lemon
  • Grapefruit
  • Oranges
  • Cranberries
  • Pomegranates
  • Pumpkin

Top Vegetable Super Foods

  • Beans
  • Brocolli
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes
  • Kale
  • Hot Peppers
  • Sprouts

More Super Foods

Super foods don't just include fruits and vegetables though. Did you know that certain gourmet nuts and other spices are part of this group as well? Here are a few of the popular items.

Top Super Food Nuts or Seeds

  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Barley
  • Buckwheat

Top Super Food Spices or Herbs

  • Cinnamon
  • Garlic
  • Watercress

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Common Sense

We all know that fruits and vegetables are the key to a healthy diet. But of course, eating five pounds of these super foods isn't going to help. Moderation in eating these healthy foods is going to be the key towards making a change in your life.

Get started by asking for workout gear, instead of cookie bouquets for your birthday. The positive changes in your life will definitely show in just a matter of days or weeks.

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      Janice S 5 years ago

      I try to have a handful of almonds or walnuts every day and of course, lots of fruits. Thanks for sharing all this useful information!

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      rob_allen 6 years ago from MNL, PH

      I remember my mom used to take garlic+honey. She told me that the unique combination is good for cardiovascular health! BTW, nice hub. Very informative! I guess I have to eat more of these food to avoid getting sick :)