Superfoods are consumable, healthy ingredients infused with that extra ounce of vitamins and neutrons compared to your typical mall version of the same ingredient. Naturally also, since super foods cost more than the typical ingredient, their benefit is that they are carefully stripped of any substance which has either no effect on our human bodies, or can in fact be somewhat detrimental.
(The normal way in which the calculation of health benefits versus minor detriments works in the food industry is that the positive effects have to outweigh the negative effects for the food to be considered good for you overall.)
Why consider the extra costs of superfoods as a viable option:
For example, it may be well known that a carrot contains beneficial A vitamins for your eyesight. And because it usually contains many of them (Focused Nutrients that is), a carrot is understood to be a healthy food across the board. Yet, carrots also have high amount of sugar in them and if eaten too often, can become addictive.
We have a similar case with eggs here, when eggs as a super-food can contain a precisely calculated dose of proteins, so that, unlike with the cheaper version of eggs available at your local market, you can avoid the risk of becoming overweight, or even allergic from them.
If you follow a specific dietary program then eggs with only a special amount of protein can help you more precisely calculate how much of them you have to eat in order to achieve consistent results. Apart from that, because something like carrots, or eggs is often cooked as an ingredient to make a specific food, say, a soup maybe, then if reaping all the possible health benefits from what you eat is your explicit aim, cooking superfoods is of course a much better choice than the non-superfood food.
The reason for that is, as you may well already be aware, that by cooking the vitamins and health benefits of food ingredients are naturally decreasing. Yet having a superfood in to be cooked in the first place would of course result in more vitamins and proteins preserved also after the cooking process is already finished.
Measuring difference for whether are superfoods worth the extra cost:
Of course, the main problem when deciding whether to buy a specially tailored superfood ingredient is the price difference between the extra cost of superfoods, and their less optimal relative that most people buy anyway.
The answer to this question of superfood price and benefit is that buying some superfoods, but not all may be the best choice you can make, because while some price differences are bearable, or indeed barely noticeable, others are just the exact opposite, running as much as twice the regular price in some instances.
A general rule of thumb when guessing the price of a superfood is to remember that the more market demand is there for that particular superfood, the lesser the price of each individual item in that category would be for you.
Hence, if the ingredients are sure to be used daily by many people, like the earlier mentioned eggs, carrots, or even honey, apples, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, oranges, lemons, etc.
If you persuade your friends and family to consistently eat healthier, then the price will surely drop after some months even with your local provider. But items like pineapples, avocados, bananas, strawberries, etc, are more luxuries than habitual purchases.
And the extra price difference for a supper food version of those is a waste of money, especially since you can get more of the cheap ones into that bracket and make up the health benefit difference anyway.