We Are What We Eat
It’s only common sense that we grow our bodies from the nutrients we eat. If there were no contaminants in our environment, we would be able to stay healthy all the time just by eating the right wholesome foods.
Sadly though, there are contaminants in our environment, and we do get sick sometimes.
Research scientists have been studying nutrition for decades, and they’ve discovered why some foods make us more healthy than others.
They call those super foods.
We are what we eat.
There are many fruits and vegetables that fit into the “super food” category. These are foods that consolidate many vital trace minerals, vitamins, flavinoids and phytonutrients into a very few calories.
Why does that make them super foods? Because they contain the phytochemicals, anthocyanins, flavinoids, vitamins, and minerals that our bodies need to ward off diseases and cancers.
Consider how fruits are exposed to the UV rays of the sun, all day every day. The anthocyanins in the fruit protect its skin from the harmful rays of UV, and when people eat that fruit, those same anthocyanins protect our human skin from those same UV rays.
What Makes a Food Super?
While the term “super-food” is not really used by Nutritionists or Dieticians, it is a term used by lots of people to describe foods that are nutrient dense, which promote good health, and may even have some medicinal properties.
Foods like blueberries, strawberries, and grapes contain lots of antioxidants, which destroy the free radicals that cause cancer cells to grow.
Many of the energy drinks, dietary supplements, and fortified water on the market today contain the whole range of phytochemicals found in berries and other colorful fruits.
So, what are the super foods?
This list is not all inclusive, but the most commonly eaten ‘super foods’ are: blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, goji berries, chocolate, oily fish, wheat grass, green tea, broccoli, garlic, beets, kiwi, beans, nuts, cranberries, almonds, spinach, seeds, kale, and pomegranate.
There may be others that are not on this list, but any food that is nutrient dense, contains antioxidants, and has few calories can be a super food to add to your diet.
We are what we eat. Enjoy!