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These REAL Superfoods Will Shock You.

main_dandelion_thWhen you think of superfoods, do you think of… watercress?

Probably not. But maybe you should.

We hear the term superfood a lot. We generally think of superfoods as those foods with a higher density of critical nutrients like vitamins and minerals. But as it turns out, no federal agency has defined the term superfood. In other words, marketers are free to use it on product packaging at their own discretion.

Marketers have successfully positioned chia, blueberries, kale, acia berries and the like as superfoods. But are they really the most deserving of that title?

A study by William Paterson University sought to shed some light on the situation. Using a 100-point scale, researchers evaluated fruits and vegetables based on their content of 17 nutrients including fiber, zinc, folate, vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E and K.

Their findings are quite surprising. At the top of the list was watercress, followed by Chinese cabbage, chard, beet green and spinach. Blueberries didn’t even meet the study’s criteria to qualify as a powerhouse fruit or vegetable.

Below are some of the fruits and veggies and their respective ratings.

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While you might not be tempted to snack on a bushel of parsley, the ratings provide an objective approach for scoring the nutrient content of fruits and vegetables. The finds can also serve as a reminder to favor science over clever marketing.

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What Are Superfoods?

What are superfoods? And what makes superfoods so super? It’s a question that I get a lot – and so I went to find some answers.

Check out the video below. And scroll down for the delicious Goji Glow Energy Bite recipe.

Recipe: Goji-Glow Energy Bites

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almonds, soaked
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds, soaked
  • 1/3 cup dates, figs, raisins or apricots
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon spirulina
  • 1/2 cup goji berries
  • 1/2 cup hemp seeds
  • 1/2 cup cacao nibs

Directions:

Soak almonds and pumpkin seeds for at least 6 hours. Drain and rinse well. Place them in a food processor and process until finely ground. Add dates, cacao and spirulina – and then process into a thick, sticky dough. Add goji berries and pulse some more. Remove from food processor and place into a large bowl. Use your hands to mush and mingle the hemp seeds and cacao nibs. Roll into 1/2 – 1 inch bites. Dust them in some fun stuff like hemp seeds, sesame seeds, goji powder, camu powder, coconut flakes, ground nuts, cacao powder or cacao nibs. Chill for an hour. Freeze any extras.