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Old 03-02-2019, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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How much importance to place on these snacks that the "super healthy" people at work are always talking about ALL day? Seems to be good evidence for these foods, and combined with exercise seems to be a safe bet. Looks like many of these have some evidence of reducing cancer risk. These people sometimes substitute 2-3 of these items for an entire meal!

1. handful of almonds daily
2. handful of walnuts daily
3. 2 avocados per week
4. blueberries throughout week
5. red raspberries throughout week
6. boiled eggs
7. broccoli
8. spinach leaves
9. garlic and onions
10. tomatoes
11. citrus fruits
12. salmon
13. coffee
14. whole grains
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Old 03-02-2019, 01:06 PM
 
Location: Wine Country
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I eat all of those things regularly.
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Old 03-02-2019, 01:24 PM
 
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I tend view the "superfood" idea as routes to fill nutritional gaps in an otherwise basically healthy diet. Kind of like adding a multivitamin to that same basically healthy diet. Many of the foods on that list are already part of a decent diet, superfood tag or not. There isn't any one marvelous magical food that will neutralize your other bad eating habits any more than there is one fantastical supplement that will prevent all disease. Health is built up or broken down over the long haul, not the instant. Eating an excess of something hoping for some sort of dietary "extra credit" could cause problems too. Of course if you are trying to manage a specific known deficiency or health problem that's different.
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Old 03-02-2019, 01:45 PM
 
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"Super foods" means "super sales" in my opinion. They are good for you, but the "super food" thing is a marketing gimmick. The foods on that list are good for you, but many other foods are as well. Eating a variety of healthy foods every day is all you need to do.

This article says the same. https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutriti...ce/superfoods/
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Old 03-02-2019, 03:58 PM
 
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"Super foods" means "super sales" in my opinion. They are good for you, but the "super food" thing is a marketing gimmick. The foods on that list are good for you, but many other foods are as well. Eating a variety of healthy foods every day is all you need to do.

This article says the same. https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutriti...ce/superfoods/

Right you are. Super foods = $uper Food$.
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Old 03-02-2019, 06:04 PM
 
Location: The Driftless Area, WI
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There's no such thing as "good" diets or "bad" diets-- only adequate diets and inadequate diets.
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Old 03-02-2019, 06:07 PM
 
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How much importance to place on these snacks that the "super healthy" people at work are always talking about ALL day? Seems to be good evidence for these foods, and combined with exercise seems to be a safe bet. Looks like many of these have some evidence of reducing cancer risk. These people sometimes substitute 2-3 of these items for an entire meal!

1. handful of almonds daily
2. handful of walnuts daily
3. 2 avocados per week
4. blueberries throughout week
5. red raspberries throughout week
6. boiled eggs
7. broccoli
8. spinach leaves
9. garlic and onions
10. tomatoes
11. citrus fruits
12. salmon
13. coffee
14. whole grains
According to The Blue Zones author Dan Buettner, the single healthiest food to add to your diet is nuts. He says people who eat nuts regularly can add 3-4 years to their life expectancy. He studied the longest lived societies in depth, so I think he knows what he's talking about.
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Old 03-02-2019, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Brawndo-Thirst-Mutilator-Nation
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The "real" superfoods are things that most would not eat on a regular basis. They really are not superfoods, that is a snappy and trendy term.

But things like offal, bone-marrow, eating connective tissues.......those foods have very high levels of nutrients that are easily utilized by the human body.
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Old 03-02-2019, 11:13 PM
 
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If you are what you eat - I am definitely nuts! Handful of mixed nuts are my favorite at work snack along with popcorn and fruit. I tend to eat lots of fruit / citrus / berries.


I do not consume coffee and I only have eggs scrambled, all the other items on the list I eat regularly to various degrees. Sometimes I will eat 3-4 avocados in a day. I guess my substitute for coffee is dark chocolate and teas of various sorts.

I think guidoLaMotto makes an apt point on adequate versus inadequate to describe diets. One thing I've noticed over the years is - while I try to be as healthy in my nutritional habits as possible, some of my tastes have changed and I think it is related to my body telling me what I need.



An example, I never liked mushrooms or sardines as a child and in my youth. I was totally indifferent to them until after adulthood. Lately I find myself eating them more frequency or in spurts. Sometimes I think if we have a nutritional deficiency our bodies will get a craving for the appropriate contents from the apt food of choice.

And yes, I agree that the 'super food' label is mostly a marketing ploy.
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Old 03-02-2019, 11:16 PM
 
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How much importance to place on these snacks that the "super healthy" people at work are always talking about ALL day? Seems to be good evidence for these foods, and combined with exercise seems to be a safe bet. Looks like many of these have some evidence of reducing cancer risk. These people sometimes substitute 2-3 of these items for an entire meal!

1. handful of almonds daily
2. handful of walnuts daily
3. 2 avocados per week
4. blueberries throughout week
5. red raspberries throughout week
6. boiled eggs
7. broccoli
8. spinach leaves
9. garlic and onions
10. tomatoes
11. citrus fruits
12. salmon
13. coffee
14. whole grains

Looks similar to the cardiac diet
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