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The Truth Behind Superfoods: To Eat or Not to Eat

Written by Anna Jones, Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 in Fitness

These days, it feels like we should all be gluten-free, dairy-free, eating something called chia seeds and drinking something called kombucha. By now, we have all likely heard of superfoods, gluten allergies, and the like, but how much of it is fact and how much of it is fiction? What foods should we be focusing on, and what should we avoid?

The Best (and Most Legit) Superfoods

According to Harvard Health, there are twelve superfoods that you should be eating and drinking  – and they are probably not the ones you’re thinking of, as they’re not exactly trendy, and they’re relatively simple:

  • Salmon
  • Blueberries
  • Dark chocolate
  • Quinoa
  • Tea
  • Eggs
  • Broccoli
  • Greek yogurt
  • Walnuts
  • Beans
  • Olive oil
  • Oatmeal

These superfoods and super drinks are chock-full of protein, vitamins, and energy-boosting powers. Combine the above with regular exercise, and that’s all you really need to be a health, well-rounded individual!

The Trends To Avoid

Foods you can skip include basically all of the hottest trends, like goji berries, chia seeds, gluten-free foods, and kombucha. For example, kombucha, the fermented black tea, has health claims that include detoxing, increased energy, and PMS relief – however, no human studies support any of that. Gluten-free foods are often high in fat and sugar; really, gluten is pretty okay for you if you stick to a moderate amount (unless, of course, your doctor or nutritionist says otherwise). Chia seeds are supposed to be great for weight loss, but a 2009 Nutrition Research study reported no changes in appetite or weight loss in their participants. Really, eating nuts and healthy fats will give you energy and not make you feel like you’re on a super restrictive diet.

It’s really that simple – eat high-protein, filling, nutritional food and snacks, and balance that with a healthy amount of exercise, and you should notice a change in your appearance and energy levels shortly! Keep us posted on your health and happiness!

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