By ANASTASIA SUBERVI
Although healthy eating is a trend that many people have adopted into their daily lives, few individuals truly understand eating certain super foods can help them maintain better health.
“I do not pay attention to what I eat,” said Kayla Corbitt, junior. “I actually do not know what super foods are, I just try to follow the food pyramid that has been around for a long time, more than that healthy trend eating.”
A “super food” is a food rich in nutrients that is considered to be especially beneficial for the individual’s health and immune system. Although there is no specific criteria that can be used to precisely classify a super food, most of these foods are plant based and include fishes as well as dairy products.
“I try to always eat protein and veggies to have energy throughout the day, but I honestly do not pay attention if it is a super food or not,” said Andres Barbery, sophomore.
Often-eaten berries, including common blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries, often top popular super food lists. They are rich in vitamins, antioxidants and fibers.
Also, studies have suggested that these berries may reduce the risk of heart conditions both in women and men. Another super food that should be eaten on a daily basis is spinach.
Due to its high content of omega, foliate and lutein, it helps reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis and also increases blood flow. Though the impact will never be equal, it can be substituted for kale or romaine lettuce.
“I love eating super foods and I try to eat them every day because even though sometimes I like to eat bad to have a balance, I like to feel healthy in my daily life,” said Francis Du, sophomore.
Amongst other labeled “super foods” are yogurt, tomatoes, carrots, grains and beans, walnuts, oats and salmon, all of which can be found in any supermarket, restaurant, mini market or even the Lynn dining commons. Eating super foods is simply as beneficial as it is easy to do.