These days everywhere you go and virtually everything you pick up has some form of health benefit added to it. More and more people are concentrating on their health and wellbeing. Consequently there is a huge surge in the popularity of ‘Superfoods’. A superfood, by definition, is “a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being”

There are lots of types of food that feature in magazines, newspapers and also TV shows that are considered “superfoods.” Many health experts speak of all the great positives of such foods, however sceptics feel that it’s just a clever way of over pricing food items so people will pay more to look and feel beautiful.

Some of the common food items that are considered ‘superfoods’ are:

  • Oily fish
  • wheatgrass
  • pomegranate juice
  • green tea
  • broccoli
  • garlic
  • beetroot
  • Goji Berries
  • Dark chocolate

These get a lot of coverage by the media and their health benefits are often praised by celebrities.

However, I was reading an article that stated eating too many grains such as quinoa, regardless of how healthy they are – can cause an overload of potentially gut-irritating compounds. This may be because it may not be as wheat-free as originally thought. Even Goji berries are rich in a chemical compound and increases the risk of a digestive syndrome condition called ‘leaky gut’.

Research last year found that 61%of people have bought a food or drink because it had been labelled as a superfood. But the British Dietetic Association has warned that many products give us false expectations of the benefits or are not fully substantiated. For example, you would need to drink 13 servings of goji berry juice to get as many antioxidants as one red apple.

Today I was joined with Azmina Govindji an Award winning Dietician, nutritionist and best-selling Author who is also the spokesperson for the British Dietician Association. She spoke openly about the benefits of superfoods and concluded that everyday foods can be considered super foods and you don’t necessarily need to spend money on expensive branded products. Honestly speaking, it is a matter of personal choice.