It’s a new week, and there’s a new so-called super food. This one, like most of the others, promises to be the world’s richest source of a particular vitamin, is packed with more antioxidants, and likely comes with a story that makes it almost sound too good to be true.

Why? Because it probably is.

And sure, diet is an important part of maintaining good health, but it’s not as simple as finding one miracle food. Eating for health means developing good habits and a diverse eating pattern. We need more plant-based foods, a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, as well as plenty of good quality protein, fibre, and healthy fats from unrefined sources. In short, while a whole-food diet will absolutely work wonders for your health, a single super food will not.

Why, then, does the term ‘super food’ exist? The answer is simple: it’s a marketing term, not a scientific one.

The benefits of super foods can easily be achieved through much more common (and affordable) ingredients that you likely already have in your fridge. So let’s take a look at a few of them…

Swap acai for blueberries

Acai is often associated with a high ORAC score — an outdated measure of a food’s antioxidant capacity. But ORAC is a test tube test, and I think we can all agree that the human body is more complex than your average test tube. Get your antioxidant cyanidins from fresh blueberries instead.

Swap goji berries for strawberries

Despite the big nutrition claims, a single strawberry can contain up to three times as much vitamin C as a serve of goji berries. Besides, the taste of goji berries doesn’t compare to a fresh, sweet strawberry. Yum.

Swap greens powders for cruciferous vegetables

You can find the same healthy sulphorafanes (plus plenty of iron and vitamin K) in all the cruciferous veggies: broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, and cabbage.

Swap spirulina for spinach

Blending a handful of spinach through your morning protein shake will give you more nutrition (namely iron and vitamin A) than this expensive supplement.

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