New ‘superfoods’ taking over for the health conscious

Emily DeAngelis, Staff Writer

A health craze is on the rise, and this time, these food freaks are on to something. While blueberries and salmon still hold their respective benefits, new superfoods are taking over with their incredible benefits and astonishing levels of vitamins and minerals.


A berry from the rainforest of South America is the key to antioxidants galore. Antioxidants?

They help fight cancer and heart disease. “It’s also one of the few fruits with oleic acid—the same heart­healthy fat in olive oil,” says Andy Bellatti, a Las Vegas ­based registered dietitian.

Easiest way to find it: Acai berry tea, but consider adding a natural sweetener like honey instead of sugar.

Coconut Oil

Claimed as “magical” on some labels of this mysterious superfood­, coconut oil is perhaps one of the most multipurpose foods available. While you can add it to your tea in the morning for added energy or to help curb a cold, coconut oil can also be used in many non­food products. It can be used as a natural moisturizer, hair conditioner, deodorant or topical solution to help reduce skin infection. Its high Lauric acid and MCFA content help boost metabolism to aid weight loss efforts. With all these possibilities, this item used to be very pricy. However added demand has made coconut oil more available, and it can be found at Walmart for $10.

*Tip: condition hair overnight and rinse out in the morning to promote hair growth and shine.


Ok, green drinks may not look delicious, but one scoop of greens into your daily smoothie or fruit blend will create a concoction with too many benefits to ignore. Drinking greens in the morning can replace both breakfast and coffee because greens provide morning carbs which boost metabolism and brain function, according to Energy First ( Adding greens to a busy lifestyle may sound difficult, but they come in individual packets which make them more conducive to take on the go.

*Tip: Consider using orange or apple juice to cut the taste, and adding a banana to a green smoothie to even out the texture.


Growing interest in growing muscle has led to an almost obsession with protein. While many choose to consume protein via powders, there are easy, every­day foods that are high in protein and low in maintenance. First, a superfood in their own respect, eggs. According to Men’s Fitness, The cholesterol found in egg yolks serves at the scaffolding for steroid hormones, and the 1⁄2 a gram of leucine in each egg is like throwing gasoline on your muscle­building fire. Other viable options include nuts, cheeses, chickpeas and lean meats.

*Tip: If considering powers, be sure to research thoroughly to avoid investing in a power with too many unnecessary ingredients.

Let’s be real: College does not always provide the best abilities to eat healthy and very few of us crave kale. Why not try something new?