The Superfoods Superhype

Regarded by most experts as meaningless, and at worst, harmful, many dietitians and nutrition scientists refer to the so called “superfoods” as a mere marketing device.  There is very little, if any, scientific proof these superfoods live up to their claims, which can leave their practitioners with harmful “one-sided diets”.

Some superfoods make the boasts they will make you faster, younger, stronger, and healthier.  They are supposed to be nutrient-dense with plenty of polyphenols, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

According to Kyle Hazen, a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, “Whole foods, as opposed to processed foods, are healthier for us.”

These include vegetables, legumes, fatty fish, fruits, and whole grains. (This article is not about these good foods, so read on.)

While superfoods like goji berries, acai, kale, and quinoa may possess good nutrients they are typically most readily available as juices and supplements.  They also may not be readily available in your local grocery store.

One major issue with supplements is that supplements may contain only a slight trace of the superfood.  Another is that there are fillers and other ingredients that constitute most of the supplement.  And, a third would be the high cost you pay for the supplement, because there is probably only a very small amount of the “superfood”  in the supplement.  So, you are not getting what you think you are getting.

Looking at trying to obtain superfoods in juices?  Remember, that although juices preserve a lot of the fruit’s nutrients, juices also contain a ton of sugar.

If you are still curious to try a superfood, try it in it’s whole food state, not as a supplement or a juice.  Here are three of the latest superfoods fads to consider (if you desire to waste your precious time and hard earned money on them).

mangosteen – a Southeast Asia, Southwest India, Puerto Rico, and Florida-grown fist-sized fruit with a rind full of xanthones, which are alleged to reduce inflammation in the body, reduce hardening of the arteries, and naturally combat cancer.  (Good luck with that one!)

bone broth – made by simmering chicken or beef bones with vegetables or herbs, bone broth is rich in protein.  It is also high in phosphorous, calcium, potassium, and magnesium that allegedly heals your digestive system.  The collagen and gelatin in bone broth is supposed to be good for your skin, nails, and hair.

tiger nuts – a root vegetable originating in Ancient Egypt.  Tiger nuts are usually grown in Spain and Africa.  They are also high in prebiotic fiber, protein, unsaturated fats, and resistant starch.

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