Steven G. Pratt’s study outlines the uncommmon benefits of 14 Superfoods that could save your life.
A few of my favorites on the list are:
4) Walnuts (supposedly the healthiest of all nuts)
5) Tea (ok, technically a drink, not a food.)
The interesting part of his approach is that he doesn’t recommend supplements. He’s operating in the classic vein of “Let your food be your medicine…”.
Superfoods are nutrition-medicine in the classical sense.
If he’s right, these foods supply at least one nutrient or another that is either scarce in today’s diet, or so beneficial it’s hard to get too much of it.
In-addition to the list above, I would imagine something like Broccoli is one of those foods that has so many different positives going for it, it’s almost like a drug.
And one of the critiques that’s been leveled both at big pharma, isolated supplements, and the simple nutrition of fats-carbs-protein is that there are literally Thousands of micronutrients in fruits and especially vegetables.
Superfoods may also supply nutrients that are scarce in the modern diet.
What you don’t see and don’t get, can hurt you; even if it’s absent.
And those special foods & nutrients get completely-overlooked and under-studied for effectiveness.
Probably because there is no money in natural compounds that can’t be patented.
Maybe one day, we’ll have a testing-system sophisticated-enough to take the whole thing into account, but we’ll probably have to wait awhile for the big researchers to catch up with superfood benefits in their studies.
Photo Credits: “juniper berries”, by Kristian Birchall
• Source: [Archived]Steven Pratt-Live Longer If You Eat These 14 Foods?
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