Super foods: Hype or Ripe?

15 Nov
In the past few months and years, I have heard a lot about the magical powers of “superfoods.” According to, superfoods are powerful enough to lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart disease, as well as cancer and hypertension. also suggests these foods can even put you in a better mood. Now if you are like me and you have not only fallen off the weight loss wagon, but are rolling alongside hoping for a life preserver, this may be just what you have been looking for. Of course, I do not know the truth of falsity of any of this, but I thought it might be interesting to identify some of these superfoods alongside those “unsuperfoods” for your consideration.
Before we get to foods voted “Most Likely to Succeed,” let us consider those “Most Likely to Call for Pepto.” This information comes from the Center for Science in the Public Interest… it sounds legit.
1. Marie Callender’s Chicken Pot Pie (never had it, I have no opinion on this one)
2. Olive Garden’s Tour of Italy (that’s just a shame)
3. Progresso Traditional, Vegtable Classics, and Rich & Hearty Soups (half of my favorite Saturday afternoon lunch)
4. Haagen Dasz Ice Cream (Take solace in the fact that it’s not Ben and Jerry’s)
5. The Cheesecake Factory Outrageous Chocolate Cake (count just about anything from this Cheesecake Factory really)
6. Smoothie King’s Grape Expectations II (silly me, I thought Smoothie King was good for you)
7. Pop Secret Movie Theatre Snack Size Bag (snack size movie theatre popcorn makes little sense anyhow, you know that can’t be good for you)
8. Starbucks Venti Caffe Mocha (now we are treading on sacred ground)
9. Chipotle Chicken Burrito (What!!)
10. Cold Stone Creamery Gotta Have It Founder’s Favorite (never had it, I have no opinion on this one either).
According to Dr.Perricone— who counts Oprah as a follower– identifies the following as the the Top 10 Superfoods.
1. Wild Salmon
2. The Allivm Family (garlic, onions, shalots, leeks, and chives)
3. Old Fashioned Oatmeal
4. Blueberries
5. Ginger Root and Tumeric
6. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
7. Nuts and Seeds
8. Brightly Colored Fruits and Vegtables
9. Sprouts
10. Yougar or Kefir

Posted by on November 15, 2009 in blog


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4 responses to “Super foods: Hype or Ripe?

  1. Carol Snyder

    November 18, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Dad and I were just discussing this super foods thing this morning as we were drinking the pumpkin shakes he made for breakfast (they are delicious, healthy and filling- made from fresh cooked pumpkin, yogurt, milk, protein powder, cinnamon). He thinks everything God made is good for you. I still think there is something to the notion that the darker or brighter colors have more nutrients. Who knows?

    • erikapryor

      November 24, 2009 at 3:24 am

      Glad you found the article relevant. I’m happy to have a new reader and fan. Moms are the best!

  2. Heidi Snyder

    November 16, 2009 at 2:31 am

    Hey! I love it! I subscribe to “Nutrition Action” put out by CSPI. Every month, a good food and a bad food are featured. Many of the ones you mentioned, have been featured in the magazine as “food porn”. It’s always enlightening and fun to read as they approach the subject with sarcasm and humor. At least we’re becoming more educated! The next step is acting on our knowledge…

    • erikapryor

      November 16, 2009 at 2:46 am

      So glad you liked the post. I plan on checking out that Nuturtion Action news letter. “Food Porn” sounds interesting for sure.


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