What are "Superfoods"?
If you're reading up on weight management, weight loss, and diets, you've probably heard how important it is to keep eating fresh vegetables and fruits. But did you know that the National Cancer Institute now advises five to nine servings per day for optimal good health? Few of us are in a position to eat this many fruits and vegetables daily. Therefore, you might need nutritional supplements to maintain good health while losing weight.
Superfoods are whole food concentrates and extracts with a density designed to take full advantage of their known nutritional yield, while enabling the user to forego consuming huge volumes of food. They supply compound nutrients and vital precursors that lead into and support critical health functions.
For example, some food concentrates are: barley juice, apple pectin, cranberry, papaya, prune, kale, and carrot; herbs such as Ginseng and Ginkgo, digestive enzymes Papain, Bromelain, and more. They all combine into a nutritional supplement yielding the value of five whole green salads.
Many popular weight loss and diet plans are misleading in telling us to cut out whole food groups like fats or carbohydrates. This gives a false sense of security that you may lose pounds, but it won't be in a healthy way. Our bodies need some fats and carbohydrates -- they just need to be the right kind. Some people don't know that vegetables are complex carbohydrates, and we want to keep them! We want to cut simple carbohydrates like sugars and starches.
When carbohydrates are completely removed from a diet, the body will begin burning stored fat as fuel through a process called "ketosis." This may actually invoke the beginning stages of starvation. The body may then turn on its own vital organs, robbing it of fuel. What's more, there will probably be a leftover of loose fatty deposits that can become cellulite.
This is why adding Superfoods as part of a healthy diet, rather than just eliminating certain food groups altogether, is an approach recommend by some physicians.