The relationship between food and living longer is not a new one. This association has been going on since time immemorial as our forefathers have always said that life is in food. Unlike recent times, our forefathers ate natural and pure food items that did not contain any kinds of preservatives or unnecessary substances. Therefore, whatever they ate was all pure and all beneficial for their health.
As time changed, food started coming more from the factories than directly from the fields, which is why the entire cycle of health problems took shape. The concept of superfoods developed in this situation, and people thought that eating certain superfoods would make them live longer.
However, it must be understood as to when a food becomes "super."
What are the criteria for deciding on a superfood?
Simply put, superfoods are extra-healthy food options that outperform others, owing to their high concentration of beneficial elements that provide additional protection to various organs or the entire body. While there are no particular criteria that distinguish superfoods from other healthy foods, certain types of plant-based foods, dairy, or seafood are so nutrient-dense that they have gotten a lot of attention from researchers, dieticians, and other health-conscious people in recent years.
While good eating habits are necessary to keep your body in good shape, superfoods are supposed to provide an extra boost and a significant quantity of micronutrients when consumed.
But if we pause here and think deeply, shouldn't these superfoods be a part of our diet already? Making them heroes and consuming them like you’re consuming the longevity potion is a trap.
Superfoods used to be a part of the regular diet of our ancestors, and therefore, they were healthy, happy, and lived to be centenarians.
Although not everyone can be restricted to not eating packaged or other types of unhealthy food, superfoods have been given special treatment in order for people to take them seriously.
Let us list down a few superfoods that are super beneficial to maintaining the overall health of an individual-
- Amla, or Indian Gooseberry
- Nuts and seeds.
- Plant-based protein
- Olive oil
- Dark-leaved vegetables
- Pomegranates and apples
- Coffee and green tea.
It is important to make these superfoods a part of your diet, but it is also important to have a well-balanced diet every day