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The Top Superfoods of 2021, According to Experts

Put these foods on your next grocery list, and enjoy their super benefits all year long.

It's the beginning of a new year, and staying healthy is top of mind while COVID-19 cases continue to rise. Superfoods have super benefits, as their name suggests—and who wouldn't want to take advantage of those right now?

A new survey from Pollock Communications and Today's Dietitian released on Jan. 13 outlines the top nutrition trends for 2021. More than 1,100 registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) provided "an in-depth look at how [they] believe consumers' diets have changed due to COVID-19." It also included their forecast for the healthy foods Americans will want to get their hands on this year. (For more on this, here are The 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now.)

We all spent more time at home in 2020, and 78% of RDNs think frequent snacking is here to stay. They also believe that the top purchase drivers will be groceries that support immunity; are affordable and value-based; and promote comfort and emotional well-being. As a result, they predict these 10 superfoods will be high on everyone's shopping lists:

  1. Fermented foods like yogurt and kefir
  2. Blueberries
  3. Green tea
  4. Exotic fruit like acai and golden berries
  5. Seeds like chia and hemp
  6. Avocados
  7. Spinach and other leafy greens
  8. Kale
  9. Nuts
  10. Salmon

This year marks the first time the two greens (on the list at #s 7 and 8) made the top 10. Green tea, a well-known anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting drink, rose from #10 last year to #3 this year. Meanwhile, fermented foods claimed the top spot for the second year in a row.

How does this list compare to one from a doctor? Check out an MD's choices for the superfoods you should eat this year here. And to get all the latest health, grocery, and food news delivered right to your email inbox every day, sign up for our newsletter!

Amanda McDonald
Amanda has a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree in digital journalism from Loyola University Chicago. Read more about Amanda
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