It all started in the early days of the 20th century, when the United Fruit Company started touting the health benefits of the humble banana in an advertising campaign. When medical journals began publishing the results of studies into banana diets and conditions like celiac disease and diabetes, the world’s first superfood was born!
It took another 100 years or so for the term to make it into the lexicon. Now it’s solidly anchored in the modern English language as “a food considered exceptionally good for one’s health and for boosting the immune system owing to its naturally high content of vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, or omega-3 fatty acids.”
So, do superfoods have super benefits for your health?
One thing’s clear: a superfood worthy of the name is certainly good for you. And if your diet is low in any particular item, then having the right diet can certainly give you a boost. But, in an age of quick fixes and life hacks, it’s important to remember that no one food can do it all.