Thoughts on "superfoods" from a Naturopath Nutritionist - interview with Samantha Van Dort
We've been speaking to Samantha Van Dort, Naturopath, Nutritionist and Fertility expert on hormone health and how our diet can better support it.
This week we ask our signature question on her thoughts about "superfoods"!
What's your thoughts on "superfoods"?
Samantha: There is no superfood. There are some foods that are more dense in nutrition than others, but they’re generally not the ones that you would think of.
Amongst nutritionists, broccoli has long been called the “king of vegetables” because of how high in vitamins and minerals it is. So basic foods really are your superfoods: think beetroot, broccoli, carrots and blueberries - your everyday vegetables are your superfoods! You must also remember that a vegetable is only as healthy and nutrient dense as the soil it was grown in. Modern farming practices of over production and reduced rotation in soils can lead to a vegetable with lower nutrients. With that in mind I recommend looking more in your local green grocer and veggie patch for these common vegetables, as there is usually more transparency.
So there is no need for exotic superfoods like goji berries or chia seeds which don’t always have the wide range of vitamins and minerals you can find in fresh vegetables, use them only if you like the taste.
My recommendation for “superfoods” that you can incorporate into your diet are vegetables like broccoli, beetroot and carrots! Also, make sure you're getting that broad sweep of vitamins and minerals, because too much of any one thing also isn’t good for a balanced diet.
Samantha (B.HSc Naturopathy, BASc PP) focuses her expertise in all stages of women’s health, helping women better understand their bodies and hormonal disorders such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, endometriosis, fibroids or ovarian cysts. Find more from Samantha at www.samanthavandort.com or follow her on Instagram @samvandort_naturopath