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  • Writer's pictureValerie Petry

Superfoods - The Real MVPs

I was cruising the health and wellness scene and came across a term that I've seen often , but never really paid much attention to. "Superfoods". “Superfoods” is a marketing term thrown out there that implies that a certain food is the "it" food of all things that can be consumed. Usually these are foods that are considered high density foods. However, you will never hear a dietician or health expert refer to them as so. There are nine that are most commonly named, but they are not the only foods who pack a punch and are beneficial to your health.

The term Superfood goes all the way back almost a century. In the 1920’s the United Fruit Company ran ads that boosted the benefits of bananas in order to sell the hot commodity. This resulted in the banana becoming a superfood. As the years have gone by, other foods that have such benefits to a healthy diet have been included on the list. But who cares that they have a celebrity name? We are content with the tremendous benefits that they have on the body. Remember this is when these foods are organic, and have not gone through any artificial processing for production.

Here are the top nine considered:

· Salmon – offers Omega-3 fatty acids which aid in the reduction of blood pressure and cholesterol

· Kale – packed with vitamins A, C, and K

· Onions/garlic – Cancer fighting especially when consumed raw

· Chia seeds – help stabilize blood sugar

· Avocado – rich in mono-unsaturated fats which help with cholesterol

· Berries – phytochemicals/antioxidants that help fight cancer and free radicals

· Nuts/seeds – high in protein , fiber, and healthy fats

· Beans/grains – good for heart health, high in protein and good for blood glucose

· Sweet potatoes – rich in fiber and high in potassium

I can truthfully say I've had pretty much everything on this list except chia seeds. I just had Salmon for the first time in March of this year. It took me to travel all the way to South Carolina to visit my youngest sister, and for her to cook it for me! lol I really enjoyed it! Chia seeds and I need to become real good friends on the account of my high blood sugar (I'm currently working on). In my research to find out what they actually were, I discovered there are more than 35 ways you can consume chia seeds!

I like to eat pomegranate seeds, cashews, and blueberries as a snack. I incorporate broccoli, beans, avocado, sweet potatoes, and onions in pretty much any meal. Avocado I use for breakfast a lot, or when I want to make a homemade sandwich. What's your go-to superfood? Share them with me in the comments! Don't forget to check out more content on my podcast Swayed By Positivity

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