Dr. Rachel: How “super” is your favorite superfood?

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - Superfoods are "super" because they are good for you, but not all superfoods are created equal. Dr. Rachel breaks it down for us.

Everyone has probably seen or heard the word superfood.
Dr. Rachel tells us that the term super food was made up by the marketing industry to describe foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals and other great things that are healthy for us.
Examples of superfoods include blueberries, salmon, raw nuts, berries, spinach, kale, and many more.

These foods help lower your bad cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, some cancers and have other amazing health benefits.
But, Dr. Rachel warns us to be careful of some foods that are labeled as superfoods. This is because although the food might be healthy, the way it is processed can make it unhealthy.
"For example fruit juices with a variety of delicious berries. Yes, the berries are super foods. Sometimes the way the juices are processed takes away the nutrients and many add sugar. Not good!"

A good reminder from Dr. Rachel, "When people see foods labeled as superfoods they think they can eat large quantities of them. Remember, everything in moderation. The key to a healthy diet is to eat a variety of nutritious foods in the right portions."

If you have any medical questions, email DrRachel@wgno.com.