Maca, Reishi, Cordyceps, Algae, Baobab, Chlorella, Ho Shou Wu…
No, these aren’t the names of the 7 dwarfs in some far flung Asian country, these are just a very small selection of the superfoods currently available and widely ‘used’ by raw foodists across the lands.
But what’s the deal with these so called superfoods? Do you really need them in your life? Do they enhance the raw food diet?
Well, yes and no.
I think there’s little doubt that there is nutritional content in these packages, albeit they’re dehydrated versions of their former selves. The nutritional profile of superfoods varies largely. You’ll get more bang for your buck with some than others.
I don’t think you should rely heavily on dehydrated anything in the long-term. The fact that they come packaged is a pretty big indicator that these aren’t fresh, water-rich foods likely to go off anytime soon. Packaged and processed foods are what we normally seek to avoid.
In saying that, we struggle to get a good selection of greens in the Winter here in Scotland. Relying more on green powders during those months can certainly have its advantages! I’d opt to buy dehydrated superfoods over dehydrated treats, because the heavy processed raw treats don’t sit well with me these days. Plus, adding the powders in to smoothies means I’m still combining the powders with water and fibre. Bonus.
Some superfoods are probably more nutritious and worthy of your valued cashish than others. Some are just really a sexy little add on. Take Mesquite for example, to me it’s more of a flavour enhancer for my smoothies and puddings than a requirement in my diet.
Some superfoods make stupendous claims. Or rather, people make stupendous claims about some superfoods. Take me for example, I can honestly say that Chia seeds make me feel like a warrior princess. That doesn’t mean that they will make you feel that way. Spirulina makes my friend Kelly feel all love and sparkles. I like Spirulina but it doesn’t really do that for me. Cacao is for some, certainly not for others. For the record, I’m in the some. Big time.
Some superfoods work well for some people and really not good with others. You need to experiment for yourself to see what works for you. This is why it’s probably a good idea to experiment with one superfood at a time rather than buy a whole shitload and not know what’s working! You might find that just one or two suit you fine.
You absolutely do definitely not need to be eating superfoods to be a happy raw foodist. Anyone that tells you you do is probably trying to sell you something…probably with the words ‘food’ and ‘super’ involved.
Sometimes superfoods are really good fun. I do like playing around with my ‘potions’ as my mum calls them (Hello Mum, she reads this. I think. Mum, are you still reading my blog?)
Superfoods are pricey. If you’re going to spend that kind of cash then do your research. Ask others what they use frequently. If you feel your diet is lacking in something then take a look at the wider picture. Superfoods aren’t necessarily there to fill in the blanks.
I have a suitcase (yes, really) full of superfood powders and I love them all. When a few of them run out, I don’t think I’ll be in any huge rush to restock.
So there you have my thoughts on superfoods. What do you think? Are you a superfood whore, goer, or noer?
This blog was written by Raw Food Scotland's previous owner, Emma Calvert. You can reach her at her new website, https://missmanifestation.com/