Most of us have little more than a vague notion of what superfoods are, and that’s because like many food labels they don’t have a clear black-and-white definition. The term is a catchall for foods high in antioxidants, protein, fiber, and healthy fats thought to help fight disease and boost well-being. While you shouldn’t fall down the marketing jargon rabbit hole and start believing that they’re a cure-all for cancer, heart disease, or even a clear complexion, there’s no doubt that superfoods are a beneficial addition to most people’s diets. While we all know pomegranates, blueberries, broccoli, flax, and chia seeds, here’s a look at 10 superfoods you’ve probably never heard of.
Bonus: Many of these are Instagram-friendly.
Cross a watermelon, a beet, and a strawberry, and flavor-wise you’d get a pitaya. A growing fruit bowl favorite thanks to Pitaya Plus, the first and only company to export it to the U.S., the fruit is rich in magnesium, vitamins C and B, fiber, as well as digestive enzymes and probiotics (i.e., if you’re vegan, this is a great alternative to yogurt). It also helps neutralize free radicals, one of the ways to get younger-looking skin.
You can thank Baobab Foods for bringing this fruit to the mainstream via its bite-size fruit morsels made with only organic baobab fruit powder, fruit concentrates, and pectin. This particular snack has zero fat, cholesterol, or preservatives, is high in antioxidants (particularly vitamin C, which helps fight inflammation), and it has 3 grams of fiber.
It may not be the most flavorful root vegetable, but jicama is great for digestion thanks to its high level of inulin, which works to optimize healthy bacteria in the gut.