Are Superfoods Even Real?
Stop thinking about nutrition this way.
With another year drawing to a close, you likely have questions about the year to come.
Who will be the Democratic challenger to President Donald Trump in the 2020 election?
Will Brexit ever, indeed, happen?
And what are going to be the top 10 superfoods in the New Year?
Mercifully, Pollock Communications and Today’s Dietitian have pulled through and offered up a report entitled What’s Trending in Nutrition that features “The 10 Superfoods for 2020.”
AND THERE IS SOME SHOCKING STUFF IN HERE, PEOPLE.
Non-dairy milks have moved up to number eight on this list—a dark horse contender, for sure.
Green tea, an old fan-favorite, is clinging on to its number 10 spot.
And “fermented foods” as a category caps the list with a surprising hold on slot number one. I mean, who could have saw that one coming?
Today’s Dietitian is a reputable trade publication. Their survey, which polled 1,259 registered dietitians, is admirable. The foods on their list, which also include avocado (#2), exotic fruit (#4), and beets (lowly #9) are all wonderfully nutritious.
But here’s the problem: Lists like this aren’t helpful because “superfoods” don’t really exist.
Take that green tea: It’s been shown to offer a bevy of health benefits, which has been attributed to one antioxidant, EGCG. But EGCG is just one of hundreds of thousands of beneficial chemicals in the foods you eat. If you only drank green tea, you’d be missing out on many other valuable antioxidants from other teas.