These days, it can feel like just about every item or ingredient you look at in a supermarket is labeled as a superfood, which begs the question: Is this term really indicative of some sort of superpower, or is it just another marketing ploy?
The truth? A bit of both. Just as not all things are created equal, some foods offer more health benefits than others and some, in the case of superfoods, are nutrient-dense powerhouses that offer a high content of antioxidants, protein, minerals, fiber, or other essential nutrients with proven health benefits.
Here are nine superfoods to keep on your radar – and in your pantry.