Don’t Buy Into the Latest Food Craze

The term ‘Superfood’ has been used to describe foods that allegedly offer some sort of extraordinary health or therapeutic benefit. It is important to understand that just because a food may be preceded with a grandiose term like super does not mean it will necessarily jump start you into good health and nutrition.

Foods that I have seen given this designation include kale, goji berries, acai berries, kiwi, flaxseed, blueberries, chia seeds and many others. While these are all excellent foods filled with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and healthy fats (flax and chia), a diet comprised of primarily Superfoods’ are really no more nutritious than the ‘normal’ healthy diet many of us are familiar with. For example, while it is true that blueberries have many antioxidants, they are also high in sugar and contain an average amount of basic nutrients, so people who need to control blood sugar levels should be more cautious.

The bottom line is that superfoods can be part of a nutritious diet, but you shouldn’t buy into the latest craze and expect chia seeds to fix a poor diet single-handedly.

Superfoods are a great addition to a normal and healthy diet.

dr. uruj kamal

dr. uruj kamal

Dr. Uruj Kamal is Chief Resident of Adult Outpatient Psychiatry at Baystate Medical Center-University of Massachusetts Medical School. A Stony Brook native, she enjoys combining her knowledge of mental health with healthy living. Dr. Kamal has a special interest in outpatient adult psychiatry.