Over the years, the notion of superfoods have become more and more popular, to the point where it’s now common to overhear a conversation about chocolate-covered açaí berries at Target. “It’s a superfood, after all. It’s got those antioxidants.”
What does that even mean? What does any of this mean? Are the superfoods really all they’re cracked up to be?
Luckily, someone — specifically, the UK’s National Health Service, with the help of the British Dietetic Association (BDA) — has sifted through all the confusing and contradictory data and come up with a pretty comprehensive guide to ten of the most popularly-touted superfoods.
Or, so-called superfoods. Because, as the NHS is quick to point out on the report’s website, “there is no official definition of a ‘superfood’ and the EU has banned health claims on packaging unless supported by scientific evidence.”