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What is a Superfood?

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It seems the word superfood is thrown out a lot these days. Did you know that the term “superfood” dates back to 1915 when it was first used to describe wine?

So what truly makes a food a superfood? According to the Merriam Webster definition, a superfood is “a food (such as salmon, broccoli, or blueberries) that is rich in compounds (such as antioxidants, fiber, or fatty acids) considered beneficial to a person’s health. Superfoods increase energy and vitality, regulate cholesterol and blood pressure and may help to prevent or fight cancer and other diseases.”


With that being said, superfoods include all colorful fruits and vegetables, heart healthy nuts and seeds, lean proteins like wild game meats and seafood, omega 3-fats, and energizing whole grains like oats, quinoa, millet, and other ancient grains. (All items found in the center two green circles of our Food Target)

And yes, wine may contain some heart healthy antioxidants (since it is made from grapes), but you are not drinking wine for the health benefits–you are drinking wine because you like it. (And that’s okay!)

We are strong believers of using superfoods as medicine at On Target Living. Food is the most powerful medicine on the planet which is why it should be your first line of defense.

The 3 most powerful superfoods are wheatgrass, spirulina/chlorella, and cod liver oil. Many people are deficient in minerals, chlorophyll, and omega 3 fats, which is why we usually start with these 3 foods as the foundation healthy living.

It is not about what you are eating, it is about what you are missing.

Feed your body with the right ingredients and the magic will happen. Become a superfoodie and make superfoods part of your daily routine! And remember, it is not too expensive to eat healthy–it is too expensive to get sick!