Superfoods are at once completely, utterly, stupidly overhyped… and the victims of a bad reputation. They are overhyped because the exotic, expensive superfoods you see in magazines are really no better for you than some pretty common everyday foods. Grapefruit, blueberries, liver, Brussels sprouts, and oats are as much superfoods as goji berries, kale, bone broth, quinoa, and the rest of the gang. But superfoods have also received a bad reputation because, based on how overhyped they are, we assume they’re just a load of rubbish.
The reality is in between: super foods are great for us, but we don’t need to eat the latest trend and line the pockets of the health food store and supplement industries to get the most out of our foods. Instead, we just need to eat a wide variety of healthy, whole, minimally processed foods. For instance, if we want to add some superfood boosts to a low carb diet we might consider eating…
Bitter and sour berries
Berries are already known to be an amazing superfood. What you may not know is that the taste and texture of the berries you eat counts massively. Sugar tastes sweet, and nutrients taste bitter and sour. If you want to get the most nutrition from your berries, skip the grapes and strawberries and focus on bitter, sour, dusty skinned ones like blueberries or currants.
Liver is loaded with all kinds of goodness. It is a higher fat organ, making it perfect for a low carb high fat diet. Not only that, but it is loaded with Vitamin A in its most easily absorbed form, iron, zinc, and a whole range of other minerals.
Eggs are a great low carb snack food, no doubt about that. But the yolk of the egg is an amazing thing, packed with nutrients. It is rich in omega oils, healthy cholesterol, vitamins, and minerals. And the white is loaded with great proteins.
All nuts and seeds are amazing for us, let’s set that straight right off the bat. But if you are looking for some of the best cheap seeds around, pumpkin is hard to beat. They are loaded with omega oils, but also with minerals like selenium and manganese.
Speaking of nuts and nutrients, brazils really pack a lot into a small package. Just three brazils will give you 100-150 calories of mostly fat. But these are some of the best fats for you. Not only that, but the magnesium, selenium, zinc, manganese, etc in them is great for us.
Brassicas are the family of plants that everyone’s most and least favorite superfood, kale, belongs to. But all brassicas are actually pretty good for us. As long as you skip white cabbage, you can get a load of rewards from any brassica from red cabbage to broccoli to spring greens to Brussels sprouts.
Squashes are the family where we find marrows, zucchini, but also butternut squash, pumpkins, and a whole host of hard-shelled Autumn vegetables. Orange colored squashes in particular are great for us. Low in calories, high in fiber, and loaded with vitamins A, C, E, and a range of B vitamins, these are an amazing superfood.
Every long-lived person and population on Earth has something in common: they all eat fermented food. Not just brined things, but stuff that has been left to create its own brine. Anything from natural cheeses, to wines, to dill pickles, to sauerkraut, counts towards your natural pickle allocation. A few pickles a day will nourish your gut and help you stay healthy.
Chocolate is a total no-go on most diets, and most chocolates, with their high sugar contents, are a no-go on low carb diets too. But as soon as you break over 72% cocoa, something magical happens. At this percentage chocolate is low carb and high fat, but also loaded with minerals and antioxidants.
All oily fish are great for our health, packing omegas and minerals. But canned fish also has its benefits: those soft, crunchy bones provide digestible calcium. How’s that for a weird superfood?