Apples. Broccoli. Carrots. We could probably go through the whole alphabet, because by some accounts, there are over 100 foods with “super” added to their name so far. There are no legal definitions on what can be considered a “superfood” in the United States, but they’re generally understood to be foods packed with essential nutrients, as well as antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins.
“Superfood” might be a relatively new term, but the concept of superior foods sure isn’t. According to History.com, select inscriptions on the pyramids of Giza suggest that the Egyptian laborers who worked on the structure viewed ubiquitous garlic as a primary source of strength and stamina (and with their workload, that’s saying something). Quinoa isn’t just a passing fad either — called the “mother grain" by Incas over 5,000 years ago and containing all nine essential amino acids, it’s considered the only complete protein from a plant-based source.
We’ve rounded up nine superfoods from around the world you should try in 2016, from Brazil to Japan. Read on to learn about the superfoods you should be including in your diet.