The 7 Healthiest Superfoods You Can Eat
Some superfood claims are overblown, but these foods pack serious health benefits.
The term ‘superfood’ is on the level of the word ‘foodie,’ which is to say that using it comes with a side of justified eye roll. It’s a noun that’s as cringey as it is vague—so let’s shed some light on the truth, shall we? While there isn’t an official (read: scientific) definition of a superfood, it’s generally accepted that superfoods have high levels of nutrients, particularly vitamins and minerals.
They are also often a good source of antioxidants, which help prevent disease and shield our bodies from cell damage. While there are a number of common foods that we know provide these nutrients (kale, salmon, quinoa, and so on), there’s no shortage of exotic, much-hyped ingredients flooding your Instagram feed at any given time. That’s why we tapped three expert registered dietitians to cut through the fat by sharing which top trending superfoods are actually good for you.
Kimchi has been around forever, but many are just beginning to learn about its health benefits. This traditional Korean food is made of fermented cabbage and often includes other vegetables like radishes, red peppers, and onions. “Kimchi is a low-calorie powerhouse full of important nutrients,” explains Abbie Gellman, MS, RD, CDN, and member of the Jenny Craig Science Advisory Board. It boasts high amounts of vitamins A, B, and C, but it really shines for its probiotic qualities. Probiotics are crucial healthy bacteria that aid with digestion and overall gut health. Expect to see a lot more kimchi in 2020.