What the Heck is a Superfood, Anyway?!?
By our definition, a superfood is a raw, densely nutritious food that is easy for your body to digest.
Raw is important because all the enzymes in the food that help your body digest it are still intact, making it that much easier on your body.
Also, when these foods are raw many of them are adaptogens, meaning they help your body adapt to a situation (for example being focused and alert or being blissfully relaxed).
Many adaptogenic superfoods become stimulants when they are cooked (cacao, guarana and yerba matte in particular do this).
Densely Nutritious means that the food is packed full of more vitamins, minerals or other nutrients than the average food, so you can eat less of the food for more benefit.
Since the nutrients are in a plant-based, biologically available form it’s also easy for your body to quickly uptake the valuable nutrients with little expenditure of energy.
Oh, and in our world, superfoods taste good even as they are super good for you. 🙂
Give Me An Example
Superfood, n. a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being.
The Oxford Dictionary
If you Google “superfoods” you’re likely to find several different definitions and categorizations of superfoods, including commonly mentioned foods like blueberries, salmon and avocados.
While those foods may be better for you in some ways, they don’t really have the huge impact on upgrading your health that we expect from the raw superfoods in our definition.
Here’s a Scale of Food that will make it easier for you to distinguish what is a superfood and what foods are likely to have the most benefit to your health upgrades.