What are super foods? Well, they are foods that are considered the most nutritionally dense on the planet. The abundance and density of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, proteins and other vital nutrients is what makes them super foods and the kicker is the majority of nutritionally dense foods are plant based.
Hippocrates said “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” and scientific studies now verify he knew what he was talking about.
Imagine eating foods that have the power to help you lose weight, lower your cholesterol, reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer, and banish diabetes all the way down to clearing up your skin and putting you in a better mood. You would surely want a lifetime supply. Granted you may be able to get the same effect with any number of drugs but then you would also be dealing with a number of side effects and you would be buying food as well as drugs. Good nutrition is all about superior food choices but if I can’t get these foods and they are not readily available to me at my local supermarket then what good are they?
The good news is a great many of these super foods are available right now at your local supermarket and many of them are available year around and they are to be found in the produce aisle. The one thing that you need to be concerned with in fresh fruits and vegetables is the presence of pesticides because any benefit you get nutritionally from these super foods could well be negated by the pesticides used in the growing process. So along with these lists of super foods I will add which ones are the highest in pesticides and should be organically grown if possible. If not they should be washed with soap and if necessary peeled.
The Dirty Dozen: These foods you should always buy organic: celery, peaches, strawberries, apples, blueberries, nectarines, bell peppers, spinach, kale, cherries, potatoes and grapes (imported). All produce should be well washed of course, whether it is organic or not.
The Clean Sixteen: These foods have low enough levels of pesticides that they are considered to be safe to consume whether they are organic or not: onions, avocado, sweet corn, pineapple, mango, sweet pea, asparagus, kiwi, cabbage, eggplant, cantaloupe, oranges, watermelon, grapefruit, sweet potatoes and honeydew melon. Once again, ALL produce should be well-washed before eating.