That man is richest whose pleasures are cheapest.

~ Henry David Thoreau ~

The Ultimate Healthy Superfood

September 4th, 2013 ~ Est. reading time: 2 mins, 10 secs

Warning: this stuff is actually good for you.

Warning: this stuff is actually good for you.

Click on any general website and you can expect a section on everything healthy. Drill down a bit and, inevitably, you’ll find tips and advice on what superfoods can do for you.

Typically, superfoods are meant to be nutritionally rich and therefore super healthy for you to eat. Aside from fish and eggs, they seem to be plant based, with popular lists including anything from blueberries to Brussels sprouts.

We are assured that eating these foods is not only good for you, but also a super healthy thing to do (as if they contain life giving properties that will prevent sickness, enhance your energy to herculean levels, and make you live longer than Methuselah).

But I’ve got a bone to pick with the superfood group. With lists expanding to a hundred or more so-called super dooper foods, you have to ask what does this really mean?

Which leads me to draw a powerful conclusion. Healthy eating is more than consuming one or two magic ingredients. In truth, superfoods  actually don’t exist. The ultimate “it makes me want to eat Rambo for breakfast” superfood isn’t some weird berry that grows high up on a remote pinnacle in the Andes and picked by short Andean women in tall hats risking life and limb. Nor is it some outrageously expensive coffee bean that somewhat awkwardly pops out of a civet’s bottom.

You won’t discover the ultimate super healthy food concentrated in a capsule either. Claims that some superfood mega pill is going to give you all the goodness of real food are what Brits and Aussies call pork pies (aka “lies” in rhyming slang).

Foul tasting sea slugs, acai berries, goji berries, or even Gomer Pyle berries aren’t going to do anything but give you a Ping-Pong ball eyed expression when you take them. And, quite possibly, they could even take a few decades off your life if you tuck into too many.

So now the secret is out. There is no one super healthy food ingredient. So you can cancel your trip to the Himalayas to pluck obscure fungus off precipitous hillsides whilst being chased by yaks. And, closer to home, you can switch off that dastardly mind-numbing home shopping channel plugging the aphrodisiac qualities of shriveled little apricot kernels.

If the definition of superfood is chow rich in nutritional value, then the ultimate healthy nosh is easily obtained and even familiar. For surely the best foods for you are fresh whole foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, pulses, grains, fish, eggs, and dairy. Some will also add chicken, while vegetarians will obviously want to modify this list.

But the point is this: the ultimate superfoods cover all the fresh stuff. Anything processed, no matter how tasty, doesn’t even rate.

So if you want to feel healthier and give your body a break, eat fresh wholesome foods and share your meals with family and friends. Because not only is the super goodness of proper food healthy, it’s even better for you cook it and enjoy eating it together.

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