FOOD & DRINK
07/30/2014 07:00 am ET Updated Jul 30, 2014

7 Superfoods You've Never Heard Of

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If you were asked to name a superfood, we're betting you might say quinoa. And if you were to rattle off a few more, you might mention goji berries, chia seeds or if it was 2009, acai.

The term "superfood" is as overused as its meaning, nutritional powerhouse. Everyone's constantly on the lookout out for the next greatest miracle food that is packed with vitamins and antioxidants -- the answer to everyone's health problems. But what really is a superfood? The truth is that the term "superfood" isn't officially supported by the medical community at all. It's a marketing term... and it sure is working.

Superfoods are, according to the dictionary, quite simply "nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being." That could qualify a lot of foods -- from the common ones we all know well, like blueberries and broccoli, to the trendy ones (ahem, quinoa and kale) to ones we never would have considered. Some we may not be familiar with at all, others we didn't know were even edible, and still others just mystify us altogether. Essentially, people are naming a whole lot of what we eat "superfoods" -- so many so that we're learning of new ones seemingly every day.

Here are seven superfoods we've never heard of:

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