Are fitness superfoods overrated?

It’s the start of a new decade and the global obsession with keeping fit means that the arrival of a new category of healthy superfood is no real surprise. The health-conscious among us are already very much used to seeing superfoods, be that the actual foods themselves, or superfoods as an ingredient in supplements (you could check out this Morning Complete review to learn about one such supplement) designed to help improve digestive health and give the immune system a little extra boost, among other benefits. But do these superfoods really make a difference to our bodies? Choosing between eating sweet potato, kale and quinoa can sometimes be boring as well as costly so it’s nice to know if sacrificing chocolate really is benefiting us.

To be classed as a superfood a product must have a high nutritional value and quantity of antioxidants. This article analyses whether they live up to the hype or if they have duped us all.

Sweet potato
A great versatile sweet potato is as full of nutrients as the rest of the superfood family. Sweet potatoes can be more expensive in the supermarket than the usual spud, but like their less-healthy counterpart, they are an easy option if you want to grow your own vegetables. Save money and switch to a healthier potato: what’s not to love?

Bananas aren’t the only great source of potassium. Try a sweet potato and get the added carbohydrates, minerals and antioxidants as well. This, according to studies, aids muscle tissue repair and can help prevent fatigue in your muscles. Their fibre content is higher than the average potato and, when combined with the likes of magnesium, the sweet potato can help improve your digestion. Elsewhere, they are an effective remedy to curing congestion of the nose, which can help relieve asthma and treat bronchitis. Other benefits are said to include a boosted immune system, helping to cure stomach ulcers, and maintaining the body’s water balance. 

Try a twist on an old classic and make a sweet potato shepherd’s pie. Simply replace the normal mashed potato topping with sweet potato and you’re onto a winner!

Probably one of the most well-known superfoods - thanks to its popularity with social media influencers – avocadoes are becoming more of a major player in restaurant menus due to its easily adaptable form for recipes. It offers a host of vitamins, including A, C, D, E and K, as well as folic acid, magnesium, potassium, Omega 3, lutein, and fibre.

Instead of following the crowd and using your avocado for soups, juice, toast, salads, and smoothies you can save some money and create a budget brunch of guacamole bread that can cost as little as 76p a head.

Despite it being labelled as a greasy fruit, this is not the same type of grease that comes with a slice of pizza: most of the grease in an avocado is omega 3 and can help lower your cholesterol to prevent heart disease. The grease can be used instead of butter or oil when cooking and the actual flesh can also be used to create hair and face masks. What more could you wish for, right?

Another tasty fruit jam-packed full of the good stuff is a mango. Mango contains over 20 vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and this places it firmly at the top of the list of easiest ways to eat healthily. This is probably why there are companies using mango in their products. An african mango manufacturer decided to use this in supplements in order to utilise all of the goodness they provide. If that wasn’t enough, it is also known for being a quick-digesting carbohydrate which offers 25 grams per one cup serving. Getting the most out of your mango can be hard so why not try something a little different with a light chicken mango salad

Quinoa health benefits of are almost never ending; this superfood is categorised as a complete protein due to it containing all 10 essential amino acids which makes it a pro at muscle growth and repair. Equally, quinoa is a complex carbohydrate, offering 46 grams each cup, which means that it provides longer-lasting energy. This seed is often mistaken for a grain, but that doesn’t stop it being full to the brim with nutritional goodness.

Furthermore, quinoa is also gluten free and high in fibre. However, the fibre is not all soluble and it has a low glycaemic index which can help be part of a lower calorie intake. To combat the cost, take a look at our quick and easy, cheap spinach and mushroom quinoa.

Despite the smell and appearance of sardines compared to the fruit and seeds already mentioned, don’t judge a book by its cover. A single can of sardines contains more calcium than a glass of cow’s milk — 300mg! As well as this they are high in vitamin D and, like avocado, have a great omega 3 fatty acid profile. Some of its great qualities include immune-boosting properties due to its high amount of selenium. This is normally found on its skin, so don’t go skinning this fish! The skin also helps your skin, aiding conditions such as psoriasis.

You will most likely be scowled at when you pull some sardines out of your lunchbox but it’s definitely worth it. The little nutrient powerhouse does provide a strong scent but they can go a long way in helping to reduce inflammation and promoting bone, heart, and skin health. Unlike other superfoods, there is no question about the cost of sardines. They are a cost-effective meal and a tasty recipe to rely on is fresh sardines on toast with sweet pickled red onion.

Food trends certainly come and go, there is no reason why these five superfoods can’t stick around. With so much goodness to offer, they don’t have to be part of an expensive recipe and by researching meals, you can incorporate into your diet without adding too much cost to your weekly shop. You could even opt to start using Verified CBD as an alternative, as this can not only help with your health internally but externally too.  


  1. Yes, I think they are!

  2. I think they are,but i do love quinoa x

  3. Yes - so many everyday foods that cost pence !

  4. We have recently started using sweet potatoes more often and you've reminded me that I've not had sardines for ages! I love sardines on toast!