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How do you describe a SUPERFOOD?

Did you know there is no official definition of a SUPERFOOD?

In 2007 the EU actually legislated to protect the consumer by banning the labeling of any food as a SUPERFOOD unless it is accompanied by a specific authorised health claim that explains why the product is good for their health.

It you Google “superfood” you get the Wikipedia definition:

Superfood is a marketing term used to describe foods with supposed health benefits.”

The Macmillan Dictionary defines superfood “as a food that is considered to be very good for your health and that may even help some medical conditions.”

The Oxford Dictionary definition states a superfood is “a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being.”

And it seems that there are very few superfoods that are scientifically proven to defend us from chronic disease.  There have been medical studies that “prove” that garlic can lower blood pressure (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20594781) and olive oil can prevent cardiovascular disease (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18069902) but generally mainstream medical experts dispel the idea that there are SUPERFOODS.

Catherine Collins, chief dietician at St George’s Hospital in London doesn’t hold back her opinion on the subject:

“The term ‘superfoods’ is at best meaningless and at worst harmful,”  “There are so many wrong ideas about superfoods that I don’t know where best to begin to dismantle the whole concept.”

Yet I believe that a healthy lifestyle and eating the right foods goes a long way in preventing cancer, heart disease, cholesterol and stroke.

These diseases cost the US 120 billion dollars each year. Have a look at their diets. Obesity rates globally have doubled since 1980, and in 2014, more than 1.9 billion people over 18 years old were overweight.

The concept of superfood is everywhere and the business savvy are onto it.  There are superfood cafes www.powerplantsuperfoodcafe.com , cocktail bars www.tanyascafe.com , superfood coaches superfoodrepublic.com and of course superfood cookbooks.

But what are your superfoods?

Here are the superfoods from our list that we found in our cupboard and fridge today:

  • Spirulina
  • Wheatgrass
  • Blueberries
  • Kale
  • Beet Green
  • Dandelion Leaves
  • Leaf Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Sauerkraut
  • Raw Cocoa
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Chia Seeds
  • Flax Seeds
  • Quinoa

Do you need help deciding what superfoods you should be putting into your body each day to get the most benefit from what you eat?

I realised what you really need is your own superfood reference list!

It took me a few hours but here it is, including the benefits that you can get from most of the foods on the list and whether they are scientifically proven or not!

The reality is that fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds – whole foods (foods that are not processed) are all superfoods and they should all be eaten in a balanced way. Eating copious amounts of expensive blueberries or drinking litres of green tea (which has caffeine by the way), as the scientists say, won’t do anything special for your health, however maintaining a Mediterranean diet will….

The Mediterranean diet emphasizes: Eating primarily plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts. Replacing butter with healthy fats, such as olive oil. Using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods.

So don’t get sucked into the superfood marketing fad.  Supplement your diet with these nutrient, vitamin and antioxidant-rich foods – the definition of a superfood –  and keep the calories in check!

Our SUPERFOOD (or not) list for you:

Algae

Drinks

Fruits

Vegetables

Green leafy

Oats*

Preserves

Legumes

Peanuts

Raw cocoa

Sacha inchi (inca/sacha/mountain peanut)

Fatty fish

Mushrooms

Seeds

Whole grains

http://growingnaturals.com/2013/11/11-reasons-why-brown-rice-is-considered-a-super-food/

Leaves

Soy*

Turkey*

Yoghurt*

*http://www.webmd.com/diet/superfoods-everyone-needs

Mx

Castellano

¿Qué es un SUPERALIMENTO?

¿Sabías que no hay una definición oficial de SUPERALIMENTO?

En 2007, la Unión Europea, con el fin de proteger al consumidor, legisló que las empresas de alimentación no podían etiquetar los alimentos como superalimentos, si éstos no iban acompañados de una prescripción médica autorizada en la que se explicasen los beneficios del alimento para la salud.

Si buscamos en Google de la palabra “superalimento”, Wikipedia nos ofrece la siguiente definición: “Superalimento es un término de marketing usado para describir los alimentos con supuestos beneficios para la salud.”

El Diccionario Macmillan define “superalimento” como “un alimento considerado muy beneficioso para la salud que puede ser de ayuda en algunas enfermedades”.

Y en el Diccionario Oxford hallamos que un superalimento es “un alimento rico en nutrientes, considerado beneficioso para la salud y el bienestar.”

Parece que hay muy pocos superalimentos que hayan demostrado, científicamente,   ser preventivos de enfermedades crónicas.

Se han hecho algunos estudios científicos para “probar” que el ajo ayuda a disminuir la presión sanguínea (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20594781) o que el aceite de oliva previene las enfermedades cardiovasculares (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18069902), pero, en general, los médicos se muestran contrarios al concepto de superalimento.

Catherine Collins, dietista del Hospital St. George de Londres, manifiesta:
“El término superalimento carece de sentido. Hay tantas ideas equivocadas que no sé ni por donde empezar para desmantelar este concepto.

Sin embargo, creo que un estilo de vida sano y comer los alimentos adecuados ayuda mucho a prevenir el cáncer, enfermedades cardíacas, el colesterol o la apoplejía.
Estas enfermedades suponen un coste anual de 120 billones de dólares en los Estados Unidos. Analicemos sus dietas: los índices de obesidad global se han duplicado desde 1980 y, en 2014, más de 1.9 billones de personas mayores de 18 años tenían sobrepreso.

El concepto de superalimento se ha extendido mucho y los que tienen visión de negocio lo están aprovechando. Ahora existen restaurantes de superalimentos www.powerplantsuperfoodcafe.com, bares de cócteles www.tanyascafe.com, consejeros de superalimentos superfoodrepublic.com y, por supuesto, libros de recetas con superalimentos.

Pero, ¿cuáles son tus superalimentos?

A continuación, compartimos nuestra lista de superalimentos que hemos encontrado hoy en nuestra despensa y nevera:

  • Espirulina
  • Wheatgrass (pasto de trigo)
  • Arándanos
  • Col rizada
  • Remolacha
  • Hojas de diente de león
  • Lechuga de hoja oscura
  • Espinacas
  • Chucrut
  • Cacao crudo
  • Boniato
  • Champiñones
  • Semillas de chia
  • Semillas de lino
  • Quinoa

¿Necesitas ayuda para decidir qué superalimentos deberías tomar cada día para sacar provecho de lo que comes?

Me he dado cuenta de que lo que realmente necesitas es tu propia lista de superalimentos…

Me ha llevado unas horas, pero aquí está.  La lista incluye los beneficios que pueden aportar los alimentos y si están demostrados científicamente o no.

La realidad es que las frutas frescas, las verduras, los frutos secos y las semillas, alimentos completos (que no están procesados), son todos superalimentos y se deben consumir de una manera equilibrada.

Comer una buena cantidad de arándanos y tomar litros de té verde (que tiene teína, por cierto) no aportará nada especial a tu salud, como dirían los científicos,  sin embargo, seguir una dieta mediterránea sí lo hará….

La dieta mediterránea se basa en consumir, principalmente, alimentos vegetales, como frutas, verduras, granos integrales, legumbres o frutos secos;  grasas sanas como el aceite de oliva (en lugar de mantequilla), y hierbas y especies (en vez de sal) para dar sabor a la comida.

Así que no te dejes llevar demasiado por la moda y el marketing de los superalimentos. Complementa tu dieta con estos alimentos ricos en nutrientes, vitaminas y antioxidantes (la definición de un superalimento)¡y mantén bajo control tus calorías!

Nuestra lista de SUPERALIMENTOS (o no) para ti:

Algas

Bebidas

Fruta

Verduras

Hojas Verdes

Avena*

Conservas

Legumbres

Cacahuetes

Cacao crudo

Sacha inchi

Pescado graso

Champiñones

Semillas

Granos integrales

Hojas

Soja*

Pavo*

Yogur*

*http://www.webmd.com/diet/superfoods-everyone-needs

Mx

References for this blog:

http://www.better-your-health.com/healthy-foods-for-a-healthy-you/what_foods_are_considered_to_be_the_super_foods.php

http://www.webmd.com/diet/superfoods-everyone-needs

http://www.eufic.org/article/en/artid/The-science-behind-superfoods/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superfood

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20306775,00.htm

http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/superfoods/pages/what-are-superfoods.aspx

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_superfoods

http://www2.kiki-health.co.uk/product.asp?id=5

http://www.naturalnews.com/034820_wheat_grass_juice_healing_minerals.html

http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/restaurants/the-good-life-eatery-a-superfood-cafe-for-healthconscious-men-who-refuse-to-eat-green-sludge-10240670.html

http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/superfoods/Pages/is-green-tea-a-superfood.aspx

http://growingnaturals.com/2013/11/11-reasons-why-brown-rice-is-considered-a-super-food/

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6252390.stm

http://www.wsj.com/video/nuts-and-olive-oil-may-slow-cognitive-decline/4609C184-26BB-44EB-8B9F-E1C59FE1361E.html

http://www.medicaldaily.com/3-superfoods-backed-real-science-269696

http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-statistics/Pages/overweight-obesity-statistics.aspx

http://www.forksoverknives.com/the-film/

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs311/en/

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    Irving

    24 11 2015

    Dear JamesPlease click links below article for eiethr the 100g or 250g bag of Bee Pollen.Or you may wish to visit the shop, click for men superfoods and Bee Pollen will be listed with all our other Superfoods.Best wishesDawn

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