5 Superfood Super Mistakes

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Looking to supercharge your diet with superfoods? Elaine Magee, a registered dietitian, has called superfoods the “Michael Jordans of the food world.” They often have antioxidants that reduce cell damage, and key vitamins and minerals we need in our daily diets; because of this, superfoods have a reputation of being the ultimate health foods.

At their most basic level, superfoods often deserve this praise, but depending on how you prepare or purchase these food wunderkinds, you may be ruining any benefit that might be reaped. Find out the five ways you are subtracting “super” from superfoods.

1. You fry sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes come packed with all kinds of nutrients like vitamins A and C, manganese, and fiber. They regulate blood sugar, and with one baked cup containing approximately 100 calories, they won’t wreck your diet. Sweet potatoes have anti-inflammatory properties, and are high in antioxidants, especially beta-carotene. But when sweet potatoes are fried, they absorb the fats, and sodium of the oil. Adding a breading to the sweet potatoes for sweet potato fries further increases to the calorie count, and decreases from the overall health of the dish. An alternative for your sweet potato fry-fix? Try baking them instead.