Guide to Superfoods

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In 1990 Michael van Straten and Barbara Griggs authored the book Superfoods which popularized the idea of preventing cancer and other ailments with nutrition by eating specific fruits, vegetables and seeds.

The superfoods have their supporters and critics. In The Daily Beast article "The Dangers of Superfoods", The Paleo Diet author Dr. Loren Cordain warns people to avoid some superfoods. Vogue Magazine quotes Cordain saying, "Goji berries are one of the most concentrated sources of dietary saponins - a chemical compound that increases the potential for intestinal permeability [leaky gut]." Nutritionist Petronella Ravenshear warns that kale may "interfere with thyroid function" if eaten raw.

Blueberries are a popular superfood with plenty of supporters. According to WebMD, Dr. Ann Kulze, author of Dr. Ann's 10 Step Diet: A Simple Plan for Permanent Weight Loss and Lifelong Vitality says, "I tell everyone to have a serving (about 1/2 cup) every day."

This infographic lists the most popular superfoods. Are any of them a part of your regular diet?

Superfood SuperGuide

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