In a world when time is money, how can one be most efficient at eating?!
DRINK instead. Hm…should I choose the cold pressed juice with wheat grass, kale, beet and ginger or the chlorophyll shot with turmeric, aloe, garlic and jalapeno?
What are these superfoods and how do they promise the fountain of youth, an Olympian metabolism and the brilliance of a genius?
Ah – the answer is that there is no such superfood. “Superfood” is a marketing term, used to describe foods with “supposed” health benefits. As the definition of today’s health describes more than the absence of disease, but rather the optimization of well being, we as consumers are too easily swayed to spend hundreds on products from the Amazon, Peru, Himalayas, etc.
Review the latest scientific research before loading up the kitchen and spreading the word of wisdom. A great Internet search engine is “Google” scholar, in which reputable peer-reviewed journals are assessabled to the general public. Just be sure the study under review is replicated, randomized, placebo-controlled, and measures more than 12 human participants from the island of Mabul. Where is Mabul?… Exactly.
From a dietitian’s perspective, it is all about balance. The emphasis of health is recommended on total food intake, rather than individual food items that are imported, vacuum sealed, freeze-dried, etc. One cannot grab lunch at the local pub and then wash it down with a detoxifying elixir of Kombucha! The simple addition of increasing the variety of fruits and vegetables provide ample fiber, nutrients and antioxidants for improving health status.
Diets low in fruits, vegetables, legumes and unsaturated fat, and high in total saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium and refined sugars contribute to 5 out of 10 leading causes of death from coronary heart disease (CHD), certain types of cancer, stroke, diabetes (noninsulin dependent or type 2) and atherosclerosis. This statistic is alarming!! as we read this over a triple shot of Espresso with protein hold the carbs and added greens. When is the Chinese delivery arriving?
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” quoted ∼2500 years ago by Hippocrates, the father of medicine.” In the scientific community, foods that provide a health benefit beyond basic nutrition are labeled as “functional” foods. Notably, these foods are part of a healthy diet food pattern, such as omega 3’s, dark leafy greens, berries, nuts, legumes and whole grains (highly debatable) which many people fail to routinely consume.
How can we feed ourselves better? EAT your food and get in your kitchen rather than in line at your local “whole-natural-organic-fresh-healthy-diet” shop for the superfood daily drink special. Fill your refrigerator with wild salmon, walnuts, flax meal, lentils, black beans, raspberries, blueberries, kale, spinach, quinoa, etc. and enjoy a meal at the table- yes…perhaps archaic in habit, but if we can eat like a cave man, we can eat at the table!
For those interested to supplement a healthy diet with blending and/or juicing, an important recommendation to note: add only ½-1 cup of fruit per serving to blends or juices. Fruit is nature’s sugar and too much at one time imbalance blood sugars and overtax the body’s production of insulin.
Also, blending provides all the fiber of the fruit and vegetables, which juicing omits. Fiber increases satiety and improves and/or maintains bowel health. If juicing is preferred, cold presses eliminate the heat of other juicers that may ruin the integrity of the nutrients consumed. Juicing tip: keep the pulp (fiber) and add to recipes such as soups, sauces, baked goods, or even dog food!