What’s the deal with superfoods?
The emergence of the so called superfoods occurred in a context of an ever increasing dominance of highly processed convenience foods. These foods contain very few nutrients, excess sugar and often contain a range of chemicals and genetically modified ingredients. If the term “superfood” helps to steer people towards more nutrient dense foods, it seems beneficial to us.
The use of superfoods should also be in combination with a balanced and healthy diet, not instead of. Our bodies require a plentiful supply of nutrients for all biochemical processes. Whilst the use of the word superfood has come under fire with accusations of ‘false claims’, the underlying theory has been lost.
Our understanding of superfoods is not that they are a “cure” or a guaranteed prevention of disease, but that they provide a range of essential nutrients to support the body and its innate ability to stay healthy. It is one component, with others including hydration, stress reduction (via nervous system regulation and rituals which support this), movement and exercise, quality sleep, healthy relationships, and restored connections with ourselves, others and our environment.