We’ve explored plenty of ways to incorporate superfoods into your diet on this blog, but sometimes it can be difficult to actually pick out the superfoods you will eat than it is to find great recipes. Whether you’re shopping online or at the grocery store for your food, it’s hard to know whether you’re buying “the good stuff” (a.k.a whole, nutritious foods), or if you’re falling into a trap set up by the manufacturer.
Luckily, there are a few questions you can keep in mind while shopping for superfoods that can help you determine whether you’re purchasing products that meet your standards of healthy foods. To make the grocery shopping process a bit easier, we’ve compiled a collection of common questions consumers should ask themselves before buying superfoods in order to ensure they’re consuming the best product possible. Check them out below:
1. Is it organic?
In order to answer this question, you must first know the definition of organic foods and then decide for yourself whether or not eating organic matters to you. According to the USDA National Organic Program, organic foods are grown without the use of pesticides or bioengineering, and meat and dairy products are produced by animals who are fed no hormones or antibiotics. And while many people choose to avoid consuming foods that have been modified inorganically, some scientists still believe that eating organic doesn't necessarily provide a ton of additional health benefits, and it can't help with things like weight loss, improving energy or preventing illness.
If consuming organic foods is important to you, then it’s important to check for that “organic” label. However, if you’re impartial to the organic vs. inorganic debate, it may be beneficial for you to save money and ignore that “organic” advertising. Remember: choosing to eat organic or not is a personal decision, and it’s important to make the one that’s right for you.
2. What are the % Daily Values?
Arguably the most important thing you can do while shopping for superfoods is check out the nutrition label (and learn how to read it!). When reading the nutrition label, be sure to find the % Daily Values (%DV) of the minerals, vitamins, and nutrients in the superfood you’re interested in. Because many individuals choose to consume specific superfoods that contain an important nutrient they may lack, it’s beneficial to know how much of that nutrient you’re actually getting in each serving. In reality, there may be another superfood better suited for your needs!
3. Is it a whole food?
Especially when purchasing superfoods, it’s important to make sure that what you’re consuming is raw and made with whole foods, to get the greatest nutritional benefit! Whole foods can be defined as foods that have been processed as little as possible and are free from supplements and artificial substances. Basically, we like to think of whole foods as products with very little ingredients or, if there are many ingredients, products composed entirely of ingredients we recognize.
The best example of a commonly-consumed superfood that is often not totally raw is green powder. In many “green” powders, there are added ingredients that the manufacturers hope you won’t notice, because if you did, they might scare you. In fact, here’s a list of common supplemental ingredients in green powders to avoid. Side effects range from nausea and vomiting to liver damage and seizures. In order to keep yourself safe, stick to products with all-natural ingredients you can pronounce, like this Organic Greenpower Blend Powder.
4. What company produced this food?
All superfoods are not made equally, and especially if you’re interested in avoiding GMOs and pesticides, it’s a good idea to do some research about the company producing the food you’re buying. When conducting your research, take a look at the company’s transparency. How close are they to the production process? How do they go about quality control? Where do they source their crops from? It’s not necessarily difficult to find an ethical superfood company, but there are some dishonest ones out there, and it’s important to avoid their products in order to get the quality you deserve.
Here at Sunburst Superfoods, we strive to offer organic, raw, non-GMO, and vegan superfoods, dried at low temperatures, to supply you with a bounty of vitamins, enzymes, and nutrients for super health. We are dedicated to finding the highest quality superfoods available and educating our customers about the remarkable reported benefits of these wonderful foods. Whether you are new to superfoods or have been benefiting from them for years, we will invest the time and use the knowledge about superfoods that we have gained over the years to help you feel comfortable and confident about the choices that you are making. All in all, we love our customers, and we love our superfoods, and we are passionate about both.
Be sure to ask yourself these questions next time you’re shopping for superfoods, and always feel free to email us at CustomerService@SunburstSuperfoods.com or call us toll free at 800-228-4436 with any other questions you may have. Happy shopping, superfoodies!