Thursday, November 7, 2013

Super foods

Coconut oil is all the rage right now. If it's on Dr. Oz it must be a super food, am I right?

Coconut oil is being renowned as a cure all; anti-aging for skin, a miracle for the brain, and a heart healthy boost that you can even spread on toast.

Kale, not too long ago was the newest kid on the block. We found out that "one cup of chopped kale contains 33 calories and 9% of the daily value of calcium, 206% of vitamin A, 134% of vitamin C, and a whopping 684% of vitamin K. It is also a good source of minerals copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus." This information is from WebMD.

 About 3 years ago I began hearing that every diet should include almonds. Almonds were named as the earth's most perfect food. Almond milk made its appearance in the dairy section adding some much needed competition to conventional cow's milk.

The way media and communication have advanced in the last 10 years certainly has contributed to the need to create a 'new' super food every 6 months or so.

Society as a whole is starving for something that will keep them young, lose weight, and ensure a long healthy life; as long as it's in a quick fix form. What isn't sexy about the headline "Coconut oil detox, lose weight fast!"

The truth is that nature has not changed. We are just getting better as scientists. We are learning that all fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds in their natural form have health benefits.

I'm sure in 6 months there will be some headline about how Bok Choy prevents colon cancer, or how you really must be adding avocado oil to your morning coffee if you want to lose weight.

As long as you're eating a diet that is colorful and diverse, you will stay ahead of all of the 'new' scientific discoveries.

Each food has a place and a purpose in our diet.