So I was driving into work today, sweaty and exhausted from the gym and only half awake because, guys, it's 7:30 at this point. I am not a morning person. So anyways. A commercial comes on the radio and it's all "Blah blah blah, the superfood you should eat more of!!" It was blueberries or something. I don't even know. Doesn't matter.
I went into rage mode. Which, to be fair, at my current state of exhaustion and sweat, rage mode looked kind of like........a slightly furrowed brow. BUT STILL.
So I got to work and I typed "superfoods" into Sparkpeople's search bar because I knew there was an article about superfoods. Here it is:
You've probably read it. Take a quick look. Now, what do those foods have in common? I'll give you a minute.
Probably. But if not, get ready for your mind to be BLOWN.
They are all.........
Whoa. I know. Crazy right? With very few exceptions, these are un-manufactured, straight from good ol' nature, foods.
Here's what makes me rage out. Since WHEN do we have to say "this food is SUPER" to entice people into eating ACTUAL. FOOD????
Now, maybe that's not nice and I know I'm in rage mode right now. I know that starting on the journey to health is arduous and the beginning is a pretty murky area. Learning how to eat well is hard. But if you're holding a bag of Doritos on one hand and a pint of strawberries in the other, ANYONE will know that the strawberries are the better choice.
Okay okay. That's really black and white. But let's even imagine you're holding a box of "100% WHOLE GRAINS!!!!" cereal in one hand and a pint of strawberries in the other, you would still know. One is packed with natural, straight from the earth nutrition. The other is in a cardboard box with ingredients you've never heard of and it came straight out of General Mills factory.
Bottom line is, the strawberry isn't super. It's not magical. Eating it won't allow you to fly or see through walls or anything even remotely resembling a superpower. It's just nutritious. It's nutritious because it's...............nutritious. It just IS. You don't have to think about whether a tomato is packed with vitamin C and lycopene! You can just eat it because it's whole and you KNOW it's what your body wants. Nothing added. Just delightful.
You don't have to know that an avocado is full of healthy fats. Pick one off a tree (or out of the produce bin), give it a little squeeze, and eat it.
You don't have to know that carrots are full of beta-carotene.
The black beans are high in protein AND fiber.
That rolled oats may lower your cholesterol.
That kale and spinach are full of calcium.
That salmon is high in Omega 3s.
You can learn all those things if you want. Not bad to know. But whether we call them "superfoods" or not, they've never changed. They've always been the RIGHT thing to eat. No scientific studies or ingredients labels needed.