It’s not a term endorsed or used by the US Food and Drug Administration, but it’s a word you see all over: superfruit. The definition of what exactly makes a fruit a superfruit is arbitrary, usually based on a food company’s promotion or marketing, but often the fruit truly does comes with an extra punch of vitamins and other natural goodies. So, which superfruits are actually good…and what are they providing you?
The blackcurrant packs a real punch. It’s rich in phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, essential fatty acids and minerals. It has high levels of Fiber, Calcium, Iron, Selenium, and Vitamins C (300% of the daily recommended dose), B2, E, K. Blackcurrants have also been shown to have an impact in preventing heart disease and diabetes and promoting visual health. Native to temperate parts of central and northern Europe and northern Asia, find it in jams, juices, and more at your local grocery store.
This sweet guy is full of vitamin A and C, plus beta-carotene, which promotes healthy eyes and may help fight cancer and heart disease. They’re a pain in the butt to cut up, but well worth it for the flavor and health benefits.
Bananas have long been toted as energy-boosters, but they’re also great for stopping hunger. Loaded with potassium (a natural lowered of blood pressure!), bananas are a healthy carbohydrate that boost your metabolism and keeps you feeling full. They’re easy natural packaging make them perfect on-the-go snacks.
Turns out “an Apple a day, keeps the doctor away” isn’t just an old adage. Apples are high in fiber and also contain quercetin, an antioxidant with antihistamine and anti-inflammatory powers. A study in London by St. George’s Hospital Medical School also found that people who eat five or more apples a week have better lung function!
With a higher concentration of antioxidants than blueberries or strawberries, Açaí berries deserve a lot of the attention they’ve been given over the years. Predominantly found in the rainforests of Brazil, it’s recommended you buy a powdered version of the berry that can easily be added into a smoothie to best receive its health benefits.
Any time you see red, blue, or purple in the produce section, know that these fruits contain polyphenols. Polyphenols are compounds in fruit’s skin that lower cancer risk and help reduce chronic inflammation. Blackberries are especially high in polyphenols and eating them raw and chewing the seeds really helps you soak up the nutrients, including omega-3 fatty acids.
The benefits of these eight fruits, easy to purchase and consume throughout the day, have been around for hundreds of thousands of years…and we think that gives them the right to be called super.