Friday, March 23, 2012

Super-Food? No One Food is All that "Super" on its Own

Acai, goji berries, chia seeds, pistachios and blueberries. What do these foods have in common? You got it -- They're all referred to as super-foods. So, what exactly does that mean, anyways?

MYTH 9: Superfoods will keep you super-healthy.

THE TRUTH: Sorry! No food has superpowers to keep you healthy on its own. Even if a food is bursting with a beneficial nutrient, your body needs more than that to be healthy. Unfortunately, there’s no official “superfood” definition, and the term is sometimes used to market trendy, expensive foods, like goji and açaí berries, that don’t always live up to their superior claims. And some basic foods that aren’t called “super,” such as apples, can be equally nutritious, less costly and more widely available. Enjoying a diet that is rich in a variety of healthy foods, not just the trendiest, is the key to good health.

For super tips for healthy eating, visit:
• http://www.dietitians.ca/Nutrition-Resources-A-Z/Factsheets/Healthy-Eating---General/Spotlight-on-Food-and-Nutrition.aspx
• http://www.dietitians.ca/Nutrition-Resources-A-Z/Factsheets/Healthy-Eating---General/imple-healthy-eating-tips-based-on-Canada%E2%80%99s-Food-G.aspx

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