What Exactly is a Superfood?

September 18, 2016

Flavorful and nutritional, superfoods lead the way for chefs to create healthier menus.

There’s a lot of chatter about superfoods, but not a lot of clarity on the subject. Superfood, as defined by Datassential, is a non-medical, non-scientific term commonly used to describe nutrient-rich foods—such as fruits, vegetables, grains, dark leafy greens, salmon, nuts, seeds, and more—that are thought to provide functional health benefits. 

The term has gained traction in recent years as consumers seek healthier foods that are denser in nutrients. In fact, 50 percent of consumers say they are interested in superfoods, while 72 percent of operators have