Unless you’ve been living on Mars for the last few years, you’ll know that the U.S. has experienced what can only be referred to as a “health kick”. With so many diets, workout routines, exercises, fitness shows, magazines and more, coming more and more into the mainstream spotlight, America is doing it’s part to tackle some of the many epidemics that face the nation in terms of poor health.
Of course, no weight loss or fitness regimen is complete without a healthy diet to go along with it. There are a number of different superfoods and crazy healthy recipes and ingredients thrown around whenever the word health is mentioned, but are they all really worth the hype? Read along as I divulge a little into some of the more common foods on the health scene today, and let’s see if you should really be eating them as much as you’re told to.
Properly pronounced “ah-sah-YEE,” these berries are heralded as a superfood that promises antioxidant and healing properties when ingested. As true as this is, the taste may be the only thing that they have over any other berries, as most berries also have antioxidants that help to fortify the body.
Jam packed with nutrients such as iron, calcium, magnesium and vitamins A, C and E, wheatgrass is more of a gimmick than anything else. Adding a shot to your juice at the local juice bar won’t enhance anything in terms of your health, at least no more than vegetables. So I guess if you’re not overly fond of chomping on carrots and celery all day you can take a few shots of wheatgrass instead.
This dark green algae is typically sold in dried, powdered form. Spirulina is extremely high in protein, as about an ounce equates to roughly 15 grams of protein, the same as in two large eggs. It’s also loaded with beta carotene and iron. Used often as an alternative to meat by vegans and vegetarians, Spirulina doesn’t really provide anything that cannot be found in cheaper more readily accessible foods on the market.
Wheat germ is the absolute inner-most layer of wheat. It contains large amounts of fiber, and also has monounsaturated fats and protein. Most people are unsure about how to approach wheat germ, but in actuality it’s just another way to add protein to your diet. The same protein can be found in meats, fish and other easily purchased foods.
Often referred to as linseed, it’s another way to get that added extra when it comes to nutrients. It’s high in fiber, and also contains omega-3 fatty acids and protein.
Consult your primary care physician or chiropractor for any medical related advice.