The term ‘superfood’ is used to define food items that have high levels of particular nutrients (antioxidants, vitamins, or minerals) and extra health benefits. However, scientific evidence in support of the real health benefits of these foods is mostly inconclusive.
What are superfoods?
There is no scientifically-approved definition for superfoods. Food gets labelled as ‘superfood’ when claims are made that it provides multiple health benefits simultaneously or helps prevent a disease.
Superfoods became popular in the early 20th century whenthe United Fruit Company used the term as a marketing strategy. The company actively marketed the health benefits of bananas. They encouraged people to include these fruits in their daily diet on the basis that they were cheap, easily available, nutritious, easily digestible, and can be consumed in both cooked and uncooked forms.