Although you may not (yet) find the word “superfood” in every dictionary, you’ll find plenty of these nutrient-packed powerhouses—ranging from the everyday to the exotic—in today’s food culture. Consider them the Clark Kents of foods, striving to wipe out health villains and chronic diseases that plague more than 100 million Americans.
“Superfoods are good for heart health, cancer prevention, and lowering your risk of chronic diseases like diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure,” says Eva To, a registered dietitian and nutritionist with a private practice in White Plains. These foods are loaded with powerful health-promoting properties, supplying high levels of antioxidants, healthy fats, fiber, phytochemicals, and polyphenols.
In addition to incorporating superfoods, make sure to eat a balanced diet comprising whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and protein—especially fish like wild salmon and sardines, which are high in healthy omega-3 fatty acids, advises To.
Here, five fabulous superfoods—including a couple of oldies but goodies that have been dusted off and put back into rotation.