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Super Foods

1505106_223632307809036_203690789_aI know the names Acai (pronounced ahh Sigh Eee), Cacao (pronounced Ca Cow) and Goji sound like exotic, foreign substances, but the truth is these are nutrient-dense “superfoods” that are rapidly gaining in popularity.  And my prediction is, as more of us focus on ways to live longer, healthier lives, these strange sounding powders and berries will soon become household words.

The term “superfood” was coined in 2004 by Dr. Steven Pratt who authored a book entitled Superfoods RX, Fourteen Foods that Will Change Your Life.   According to Dr. Pratt in order for a food to be termed a superfood it must live up to 3 qualifications: 1. The food needs to be readily available 2.  It must contain nutrients known to enhance longevity and 3. And the health benefits have to be backed by peer- reviewed scientific studies.  (Regarding green tea for instance: one recent study from Japan found that men who drank it  regularly had lower cholesterol than those who didn’t. Researchers in Spain and the United Kingdom have also shown that ECGC (a potent antioxidant in green tea) can inhibit the growth of cancer cells etc.)  Superfoods fall into a special category of food because most are low in calories, while at the same time they are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals.

Why Do We Need Superfoods?:  Over the past 37 years (since I first became involved in the health movement) I have witnessed an incredible evolution in our understanding of the why diet is important and what exactly comprises a healthy diet.  Starting with an awareness of the detrimental effects of sugar, white flour, processed foods and denatured oils, some individuals, as early as the 1960’s began switching over to a diet that included less processed, sugar-laden foods and instead ate more organic, vegetables, nuts, seeds and whole grains.  More recently, the health conscious consumer has been rejecting foods that are genetically engineered and are demanding grass-fed (as opposed to factory-farmed) beef, eggs and poultry. [click to continue…]