Overrated Superfoods

Superfoods get their name because they’re full of more nutrients, protein, fiber, and antioxidants than other stuff we eat, right? Some dietitians and nutritionists consider the term just another buzzword.

“There’s a danger in calling any one food ‘super,’” explains nutritionist Nicci Schock. She says calling something a superfood leads us to think that one food can be a shortcut to health or weight loss.

Dietitian Nanci Guest and author Matt Fitzgerald agree. Fitzgerald even says that trendy “superfoods are just exotic enough to be more interesting” than regular food. Here are three “superfoods” the trio agree we should consider swapping for cheaper, more nutritious, and even tastier options.

  • Kale - Fitzgerald points out that good old spinach is actually more nutritious than kale. It’s great in smoothies, or baked into chips, but it’s good to mix up your leafy greens too.
  • Quinoa - This “superfood” just has more protein than rice, but that doesn’t mean it’s the most protein-rich grain around. Guest advises trying whole rye, bulgur, spelt, brown rice, or farro. She explains that “none are really superior,” each one just has different vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. 
  • Goji berries - You may have heard that filling up on these will help you feel calmer and more relaxed, but that’s a lot of hype. Basically, they’re really expensive and haven’t been proven to be healthier than any other berries, Guest says. So you’re better off with a mix of cheaper berries.

Source: My Domaine

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