Let’s face it, the term “superfood” gets thrown around a LOT. And we agree, it’s pretty watered down – kind of like when people say, “That’s awesome.” Even though it’s quite a buzzword – and admittedly a marketing term – the truth is that we’re probably better off eating more of these so-called superfoods, especially if they replace junk food.
Before we dig in, let’s be clear: there’s no such thing as a “magic bullet.” In other words, even though superfoods are packed with health-boosting nutrients – like antioxidants, phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals, fiber, protein, and healthy fats – no single food is going to make or break your health and fitness.
Having said that, the first superfood on our list is avocados, which have quickly become the darling of the nutrition world. And for good reason. They’re packed with oleic acid, which is the same healthy fat that has made olive oil so popular. Avocados contain more potassium than bananas, they’re loaded with fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and they contain lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidant carotenoids that are critical for eye health, vision, cognitive function, and heart health.
Next up, pecans. Even though almonds and walnuts get all the love, pecans have the highest antioxidant capacity among all the tree nuts. Pecans are loaded with polyphenols, which have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification properties. Of course, pecans are also jam-packed with healthy fats.
Moving along to cinnamon, which is sky-high in protective polyphenols. Among the many benefits, the cinnamon polyphenols can have a profound impact on insulin sensitivity and maintaining healthy blood sugar levels. Cinnamon is also known for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties.
While there’s no shortage of “superfoods” – depending on who you ask – these are three of our favorites…and the cool thing is, you can actually eat them! They’re not some obscure plant, herb, or spice that’s only available once in a blue moon off the coast of some far away land.