WE’VE all heard of superfoods, but how much do you know about the supposed health benefits of eating them?
Here’s everything you need to know about the trendy food group, including our guide to the top “superfoods.”
What are superfoods?
There’s no real definition of what a superfood is, but the concept has become increasingly trendy in recent years.
The term is often used to refer to foods which are rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids.
Some people believe that superfoods can reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer.
However, scientists and dietary experts note that no one food, no matter how rich in antioxidants, can offset the damage of an unhealthy lifestyle.
The NHS guide to the trendy foods notes that the term superfood has been banned on packaging unless it’s supported by scientific evidence.
Instead, many experts prefer to talk about “super diets”, with an emphasis on a diet rich in fruit, vegetables and wholegrains.
Even so, some people still extol the virtues of superfoods, with the antioxidant level of foods measured using the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) scale.
The scale was used to rate superfoods before scientists scrapped the measure because there was a lack of evidence relating to how healthy high-ORAC foods really are.
What are some of the top “superfoods”?
There’s no definitive guide to the ultimate superfoods, but there are some contenders which crop up time and time again.
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