We asked SSxBH Performance Nutritionist – Michael Sole if “superfoods” are, in fact, super?
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The common trend these days seems to be sharing your most luscious and decorative meal ideas and pictures across the world of social media. A beautifully constructed smoothie bowl, or even its glass-held alternative, rich with some of the most abundant “superfoods” on the market. Things such as Maca powder, chia seeds, spirulina, wheat-grass, bone broth, and many many more, all of which have been marketed and labelled as revolutionary and magical products to optimise your health and well-being.
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There is so much more to someones diet that is to be considered before we can even start to consider the importance of such foods. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate that some of these foods offer a rich supply of vitamins and minerals, but, on a health and body composition basis (weight loss or weight gain), the inclusion of these is not going to make the greatest difference.
If Sally was to eat a significantly greater amount of energy (calories), compared to what she was expending on a day to day basis (burning), she would gain weight, in which case both her body composition and overall health would suffer. If Sally was to eat a significantly greater amount of energy (calories) compared to what she was expending on a day to day basis, and include the above mentioned food products in her diet, her body composition and overall health would suffer the same.
Its clear that regardless of how much “health/superfood” products you include in your diet, if you are not controlling your portions, expending energy to some degree (exercising or just moving more), you cannot claim to be maximising your health through the inclusion of superfoods.
So to put it simply, there isn’t anything super about your superfood, save your money (most are extremely expensive), and address the fundamentals of your diet first, you will get far better results. TRUST ME!
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