Every new year brings us a list of new ‘superfoods’. Apparently the next big thing is cockroach milk. Yup. Humanity has lost the plot.
Let me tell you now – you do not need to pay money for and eat cockroach milk (or would you drink it? the milk of a million cockroaches?) to be healthy.
You don’t even have to eat all the other ‘superfoods’ that are still going strong, you can be a perfectly healthy person if you just eat normal food – normal fruit, normal vegetables, normal meat, normal grains, normal eggs, normal dairy products.
If you do enjoy the taste of a ‘superfood’ and can spend money on it, go ahead, knock yourself out, it won’t do you any harm. But – if you don’t enjoy a particular ‘superfood’, there is no need to spend stupid amount of money on it and jam it down your throat just because you think your body needs it.
I personally love the taste of quite a few foods that have been or still are in some ‘superfood’ list: hemp seeds, maca powder, avocado, kombucha, coconut oil, bone broth (aka broth), sauerkraut.
There are quite a few ‘superfoods’ though that I’ve decided I don’t like the taste of and I’m not going to try to ‘learn’ to love them.
Milled chia seeds I can live with if I chuck them into baked goods, but I don’t know if it’s a good way to spend my money. I’d rather get my omegas from salmon. Whole chia seeds though annoy the sh*t out of me – those little buggers turn gelatinous as soon as they enter your mouth and that gelatin coating they develop attaches those little black seeds to your teeth. Solidly. Totally not worth the stress, so no more chia seeds for me.
This one’s hard because spirulina is supposed to be extremely good for you but why does it taste like a stagnant pond? If you put it into a smoothie that also has something sour like pineapple, the taste is actually masked but I don’t make fruity smoothies often enough to have a tub of spirulina sitting in my cupboard. Actually – at the moment I do have a tub of it sitting in my cupboard, I need to check if that pond scum expires or not. I suspect not. It tastes like it would survive for centuries.
Kale (and kale chips)
I’ve eaten kale plenty of times but I’ve decided it’s not worth the hassle. Cleaning it is a hassle and boiling/steaming it is a hassle and it doesn’t taste amazing. I’d rather eat raw salad veg or steam broccoli, green beans or spinach.
And kale chips – c’mon – so pointless.
I don’t like cauliflower in general so cauliflower rice is really unpleasant for me. I’d rather just skip the carbs than add that ‘pretend rice’ to my meals. And no – adding spices does not make it better.
This is not a specific food as such but the idea of EATING a liquid. What IS with that? Why can’t people just put drinks into glasses and drink them? Or maybe it’s just me who finds that method just way easier for consuming smoothies?
They say these are an ‘acquired taste’ but after quite a few attempts at acquiring this taste I give up. Macha is almost as gross as spirulina and combined with milk is even grosser.
I think it’s so easy to get carried away with ‘superfoods’, their promises are big and bold – but if you don’t enjoy them – are you actually improving your health? Food is fuel and medicine and all that, but I think you can get all the nutrients you need from normal food. Normal, fresh, old-school food you’re used to and enjoy.