Superfoods: Real or Just a Hype?

The media always chooses food or foods that is touted as the newest and greatest health food.

The latest examples of these ‘superfoods” are coconut oil, açaí and quinoa among others. Unfortunately, there is no one food that is going to make you healthy, fit or thin. Health is not just one thing. Health is not just high carb or low fat or plant-based. Or SOS free or full of fiber. Or anti-oxidant rich.

A healthy diet that creates a healthy human needs to consist of all of these things. Vegan foods can be highly processed. You can lack calories and nutrient variety eating a berry diet full of antioxidants. Foods that are full of fiber need to have multiple, not just one, types of fiber in order to get the maximum benefits.

In addition, the examples of superfoods I provided aren’t actually all that great for you to begin with.

Coconut oil contains saturated fat. Açaí is not one of the top foods for antioxidants. Quinoa is one of the fattiest grains/pseudograins.

The foods that could actually be declared as superfoods are foods that are humbly eaten everyday or are basically unheard of in the general population. One example of a great food that is unknown to the public is amla (read more about amla here).

Surprisingly enough, a person can live healthfully off of a diet of just bananas (and water). Bananas contain sufficient calories, contain anti-oxidants and are low fat, fibrous and unprocessed.

Whether or not you believe in the existence of superfoods, it’s important to consume a varied diet. Even though superfoods may be rich in one or multiple areas, there are health benefits to eating a varied diet. Different foods give different nutrients, antioxidants and proteins among other things. A truly varied diet, fully plant-based or not, will result in health and vitality throughout a long life.

  • Updated 3 years ago
Sara Binde

Sara is a health and nutrition coach. She advocates for a whole foods plant-based lifestyle and teaches the world how to achieve weight loss.