Written by Chloe Horne, Dietitian at Blacktown. Article from September 2017
Superfoods: Fact or Fiction?
It seems like every week a new food is joining the illustrious list of superfoods. Everything from Kale to acai to good old rolled oats has had this title added to its name. But what justifies the inclusion of something as a "superfood" and are they actually better for us?
So, what is a "superfood"?
There is no official definition of a superfood, but most nutrition professionals deem a superfood to be something with antioxidant or nutrient levels higher than other similar foods. These foods often have a high nutrient density meaning that they have higher concentrations of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals or other beneficial food chemicals.