Eating nutrient-dense foods can help you greatly in the quest to becoming Superhuman. I love dissecting the nutritional content of foods, researching the benefits of each micronutrient, and knowing how it can aid self-optimization (this is where my nerdy side reveals itself). I believe that we should focus on nutrients instead of just counting calories if we are going to try and become our superhuman selves.
What you eat and what you choose to give your body is far more important than the amount of calories you eat, especially when you want to become superhuman. Calories are merely a unit of energy, and it does not give any indication of the quality of the source of the calories you are consuming.
Nutrient-dense foods offer a large amount of nutrients in relation to their calorie content, and make it easier for you to get the macronutrients and micronutrients, such as essential vitamins and minerals, which you need in an efficient way.
If most of the nutrients in your diet come from various nutrient-dense foods, you are giving your body a variety of nutrients from powerful sources, and will reduce your chances of developing any nutrient deficiencies. You will help your body get all of the nutrients it needs to thrive and perform optimally.
You will give your body the building blocks and energy to help you become the Superhuman version of you.
Here are a few of my favourite foods with the highest concentrations of nutrients:
1. Liver: A Superfood for Superhumans
Some people do not like the taste of it, but liver is possibly the most potent superfood there is available. Not only is liver high in protein, but in terms of your recommended daily allowance of certain vitamins and minerals, a 100g serving provides you with a lot of vitamin C, iron, vitamin B12, folate, and vitamin A.
Most people do not get enough pure vitamin A in their diets from sources like egg yolks or liver. While beta-carotene, the carotenoid that your body turns into vitamin A is found in vegetables like carrots and butternut, the amount of vitamin A you get in the end may not be sufficient for your body to get optimal levels.
With these concentrated amounts of nutrients, consuming liver and other organ meats regularly might even replace the need for supplementation.
2. Egg Yolks: You Can Finally Stop Eating Egg-White Omelettes
Eggs are some of the most nutrient-dense foods you can find, but that is only if you include the yolks. The yolks provide you with a good amount of fat, choline, vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin B6 and B12, iron, and selenium. Even though egg yolks are high in dietary cholesterol, it is not something to be feared. High cholesterol is usually due to excess sugar and processed carbohydrate intake and inflammation, not saturated fat and foods high in cholesterol as previously thought.
3. Superhumans Should Snack on Seaweed
Here is another excuse you can use to eat sushi every now and then (I have just not had a lot of sushi over the last few years because I have not found a gluten-free and soy-free alternative yet). Seaweed consumption is one of the reasons why Japan is one of the healthiest countries in the world.
It is rich in vitamins A and C, as well as magnesium, iron, calcium, antioxidants, and thyroid-regulating iodine. It is also a good source of chlorophyll, which is a plant pigment that promotes liver health and can help speed up wound healing.
4. Salmon for a Superhuman Brain and Body
As one of the best sources of omega 3 fatty acids, salmon was sure to make the list. It is also a very good source of fat, protein, magnesium, and vitamins B6 and B12. If you can consume it once or twice a week, that will be wonderful for your health and superhuman journey.
5. Dark Chocolate: Cacao as the Ultimate Excuse to Indulge
Not that we need another excuse to indulge in what can only be described as a gift from Heaven, but dark chocolate is one of the most delicious and nutrient-dense foods there are. The cacao content provides you with circulation-boosting flavanols, as well as antioxidants. It is also an excellent source of fat, magnesium, iron, and zinc.
The polyphenols in cacao can also help to lower inflammation and counteract the inflammatory effects of eating too much saturated fat or processed meat.
You can also just buy cacao and make your own healthy desserts that do not contain sugar and are free of artificial and highly processed ingredients, or sip on a few nice cups of warm cacao during the day.
When you only think about how food impacts your body composition and the way you look, the quality of the calories that you are consuming does not matter as much as if you are focusing on improving your health and becoming superhuman.
There is a flexible dieting approach that allows you to eat what you want to, whether it is pizza, cake, fried chicken, doughnuts, hamburgers at fast-food restaurants, etc. This is similar to just focusing on calorie counting, and is very appealing to people, as it allows you to eat what you want as long as you stick to the amount of calories you want to consume and/or the amount of protein, fat, and carbohydrates the food source contains.
While I fully believe that it is possible to lose weight or lose fat and to gain muscle and look the way you want while eating this way instead of focusing on consuming healthy foods that are rich in nutrients.
You could be living on processed junk food and sugar, feel fed, and look the way you want, but your cells and organs will be undernourished, and your health can suffer in the future due to having nutrient-deficiencies throughout the years.
Stick to a diet that is full of whole foods that are as close to their natural states as possible, educate yourself about which nutrients your body needs and which foods contain them, and eat foods that are nutrient-dense if your goal is to become a superhuman with optimal health.
Diet can be very powerful in the quest for self-optimization.