We’ve all heard the big news story or earth-shattering breakthrough about the latest “superfood”. So what’s in a “superfood” that makes it so super? Will it give you the ability to fly? X-ray vision? Superhero strength? The short answer is… NO! Mid North Coast Physio’s own Accredited Practising Dietitian, Katie Drury, gives us the lowdown.
Katie, what is a “superfood”?
The term ‘superfood’ is actually marketing genius used by food companies to describe common foods and their supposed health benefits. A quick Google of the word ‘superfood’ and you’re overwhelmed with headings such as, “The top 10 superfoods”, “The new superfoods for 2019” and “The best superfoods for weight loss”. While the foods touted as superfoods do generally have health benefits and contain various vitamins and minerals (like most foods); the anti-ageing, anti-cancer and slimming properties etc. are usually the work of smart marketing and media influence, and don’t actually hold much weight. This is not to say that you should cut them out altogether. By all means, if you enjoy a kale smoothie for breakfast and don’t mind the expense, continue enjoying it, but just be aware that variety is important.
So what do I need to be aware of when choosing what to eat?
It is true that not all foods were created equal – each food has a different profile of vitamins, minerals and nutrients, all of which play an important role in maintaining body functions (even fat). Therefore, it is important to have variety in your diet. Aim to have a colourful plate each time you eat. As a general rule, each different colour fruit or veg has different vitamins, minerals and a host of antioxidants e.g. green leafy vegetables contain iron, some calcium, folate and the list goes on, whereas red and orange vegetables are high in vitamin A and vitamin C. Put simply, the more colour on your plate, the better the nutrient profile of your meal. While an individual food isn’t going to give you super powers or make you lose weight, each individual food should be considered super. It is playing at least one very important role in providing your body with the fuel it needs to function every day, whether it is labelled as a ‘superfood’ or not.
How do I know what is the right balance for me?
If you would like more information on vitamins and minerals in food or feel that you struggle getting variety from your diet, the easiest way is to see an Accredited Dietitian. There is so much poorly researched information being spread by self-touted “nutrition experts” through social media these days that it is hard to know where to turn. The safest option is to see someone with a 4 year university degree, strong scientific evidence and accreditation through the Dietitians Association of Australia. I’m available by appointment across our 4 clinics in Woolgoolga, Moonee, Toormina and Urunga to make it easy for you to access the help you need.
Thanks Katie. Mid North Coast Physio are offering 5 FREE dietitian assessments with Katie to help you reach your health goals and discover a happier, healthier version of you. Call 1300273747 NOW to secure your FREE assessment before they are gone. Isn’t it time you started feeling great again?
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