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7 totally gross superfoods the doctors want you to try

Stinging nettle, anyone?

By ELLE team  March 21st, 2018

Food, by its very nature, is meant to be palatable and appealing. The thought of it is meant to make your mouth water and satiate your senses when you’re done devouring it. But what about gross superfoods like stinging nettle and durian that are actually healthy?

Though the first instinct will still be to turn up your nose in disgust at the mere sound of it — and we don’t blame you — the stupendous benefits of these superfoods will help change your mind. Nettle has a long history of being used in various forms — from being eaten with pizza and cakes to being used in tea, soups and surprisingly, even beer — and the reason is that it works as a blood purifier, a laxative and has high levels of vitamin C.

Durian, on the other hand, will push you miles away from it, thanks to its pungent smell. However, it’s a great source of potassium and vitamin C. Check out the gallery for more unappealing superfoods that have wonderful health benefits.

7 gross superfoods that are actually good for you:


Kefir, a fermented milk drink, is made with kefir grains that contain a variety of bacteria and yeast. This gives it a sour taste, which may repulse you at start, but the nutritional benefits make it worth it. 

Health benefits: High in protein and vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and D. It's also a powerful probiotic. 

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Yes, nettles sting. But if we were to overlook that obvious factor, we would discover the versatility of the wild plant. Not only can it be used to make drinks like a relaxing herb tea, soup and even beer, but the leaves can be cooked and added to various dishes like risottos, pizzas and cakes. Refrain from using them in salads though, as nettles need to be cooked to get rid of the stinging formic acid.

Health benefits: Purifies blood, works as a mild laxative and is high in vitamin C.

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Before you even say "durian", you'll be able to smell it. The fruit is loved and hated in equal measure, for some people feel the strong aroma is its characteristic, while others find it pungent. The taste, however, is creamy and sweet.

Health benefits: Rich in potassium and vitamin C.

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Cod liver oil

Cod liver oil is extracted from the liver of a codfish — and that in itself might disgust enough people. Imagine eating it and having your burps strongly smell of a fish. Not very appealing, is it? The benefits, however, outweigh its aroma.

Health benefits: Rich in Omega 3. Cures various health conditions like diabetes, ulcers and arthritis. 

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The plant pigment responsible for the absorption of light that helps in the process of photosynthesis may actually help prevent diseases in the human body, claim studies. The best sources of chlorophyll are green vegetables and algae, best when eaten raw.

Health benefits: Helps fight cancer; cleanses the liver; heals open wounds faster; protects the skin and improves digestion and controls weight.

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Activated charcoal

Activated charcoal is made out carbon sources like coal that are cooked at really high temperatures, thus removing all harsh compounds. What's left is black powder that's extremely versatile.

Health benefits: Whitens your teeth; keeps gas and bloating at bay; cures poisoning and hangovers; has properties of anti-ageing; reduces high cholesterol; detoxifies the body.


Nattō is a Japanese food that is made from fermented soybeans, which gives it a pungent odour, just like kefir. The good bacteria, however, is what makes it a superfood.

Health benefits: Great source of protein; rich in probiotics; maintains a healthy digestive tract.