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Variety, Balance, & Moderation

There is a lot of talk about "Superfoods" these days. But does all the hype really amount to anything? Below Mettler's Registered Dietitian Michaela Kruse sheds light on this hot topic.


Also this month, we launch our highly-anticipated Online Services. Now members and guests can benefit from the convenience of managing appointments, packages, and payments from anywhere! If you are interested in using online services, please see the front desk, and a simple email can get you started!

Paul Mettler, PT, DPT
Superfoods or Superhype?

Superfoods or Superhype?  

As a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, I love how the interest in superfoods has changed our emphasis from merely restriction of less desirable nutrients (such as saturated fat, simple sugars, and sodium) to a focus on nourishing our bodies with the antioxidants, phytonutrients, fiber, vitamins, and minerals found in nutrient-dense foods. Sometimes, we get so focused on what we shouldn't eat that we forget eating is about nourishment, not just restriction.


What I don't like about the term "superfood" is when imply that superfood equates to miracle food or a food that can provide unreasonable health benefits beyond nourishment. The term "superfood" is a marketing strategy, not an FDA-approved label.  
Any food can claim superfood status simply by touting its nutritional benefit. Remember, no one food provides significant health benefits by itself, if it is not consumed within the context of an overall healthy diet.  

My final caveat: remember that variety in your diet is more important than consuming only the most nutrient-dense foods. Variety ensures you consume all of the necessary nutrients for overall health.

Health Benefits
Should you eat it?
Vitamin A, C, K, folate, potassium, calcium
YES, but also eat a variety of dark leafy greens for a wider nutrient profile. Incorporate spinach, collard greens, Swiss chard, mustard greens, dandelion greens, brussels sprouts, and broccoli in addition to kale.
Potassium, magnesium, Phosphorus, fiber, folic acid, antioxidants
YES, but also eat a variety of bright or intensely colored vegetables for a wider nutrient profile.  Incorporate sweet potatoes, eggplant, radicchio, radishes, and tomatoes in addition to beets.
Black beans
Fiber, protein, B vitamins
YES, but also eat a variety of legumes for a wider nutrient profile. Incorporate lentils, chickpeas, kidney beans, etc. in addition to black beans.
Omega-3, vitamin E, fiber, protein
YES, but also eat a variety of nuts for a wider nutrient profile. Incorporate almonds, cashews, peanuts, pecans, pistachios in addition to walnuts.
Phytochemicals, flavonoids, fiber
YES, but also eat a variety of berries for a wider nutrient profile. Incorporate cranberries, strawberries, blackberries, boysenberries, raspberries, gooseberries in addition to blueberries.
Omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, protein
YES, but you can also get these nutrients from other fatty fish such as mackerel, herring, lake trout, sardines, and albacore tuna.
Monounsaturated fats, antioxidants Vitamins E & C, lutein (eye health)
YES, but control portion sizes because it is a calorically-dense food. Instead, use it as a replacement for saturated (or animal based) fats.
Acai juice, mangosteen juice, or pomegranate juice
MAYBE, if you don't mind the cost, but you can get the same benefits from eating a variety of fruits and vegetables. Also, don't believe the unsubstantiated health claims (weight loss, anti-aging, cancer fighting).
Chia seeds
Omega-3, antioxidants, protein, fiber, calcium
MAYBE, but they are expensive and hard to find. You can use ground flax seed or quinoa as an alternative.
Dark Chocolate
Flavonoids (lowers blood pressure and improves blood flow)
MAYBE, but control those portion sizes to avoid excess calories. You can get the same benefits from cocoa powder but with fewer calories.

Are you wondering if your superfood really lives up to the hype? Schedule a 30-minute nutrition consultation with Michaela Kruse, RD, LDN at Member Services, or call 356-6543. 

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Now, with online services you can: 

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Upcoming Events 
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Summer Hours

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Community Event:
Garden Walk 2015

The Garden Walk features homeowner gardens in Champaign-Urbana. Be inspired by the creativity and sustainability of these local masterpieces. Mettler Center members Angie Wolsky along with Jan & John Ison will have their gardens featured in the walk.

Date: Saturday, June 20 9a-4p 

Cost: $10 in advance or $12 on day of walk.


Tickets are available at the following locations:


* U of I Extension Office

* Country Arbors
* Danville Gardens Too
* Illini FS
* Prairie Gardens
* Schuren's Nursery


Call the U of I Extension Office at 217.333.7672 for more info.

Community Spotlight:
Meet Dr. Hans

Dr. Lindsey Hans was born and raised as a farm girl in Argenta, Illinois. After receiving her bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois, she attended Southern Illinois University's School of Dental Medicine, where she graduated with in honors in 2007. 


She began her dental career as an associate at a general dental practice in Bloomington, Illinois. Dr. Hans made the move to Champaign in 2010, after purchasing the practice of Dr. Alan Broadbent. For the past five years her practice has concentrated on providing comprehensive general dentistry and developing personal relationships with each of her patients. Dr. Hans is a member of the Illini District and Illinois State Dental Societies, American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and the Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.


When she is not in the office Dr. Hans enjoys spending time with her family, including her husband Sam and son Michael. She enjoys traveling, reading, and of course cheering on the Illini! Dr. Hans' office is located close to Mettler Center at 2918 Crossing Court, Suite A.


Call them today at (217) 356-9855 to schedule an appointment and be sure to mention the New Patient Exam Special, which includes a comprehensive exam and full set of x-rays for $99. 

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