Diets are like fashion; there’s always a new trend. You can’t go to any grocer or restaurant nowadays without seeing “gluten-free” it seems. Similarly, superfoods are all the rage.
Supposedly, certain foods energize, vitalize, immunize, and even cure serious diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s. Fads have touted the power of these superfoods, suggesting that a mere spoonful a day can make all the difference in your health. Think again. Consumer Reports recently revealed that superfoods aren’t as super as we’ve been made to think.
Take apple cider vinegar, for instance. This bitter tonic, if drunk regularly, lowers cholesterol, aids in weight loss, and fights heartburn, or so we’ve been told. These claims have overblown the benefits. In fact, promoting apple cider vinegar has, in some cases, harmed individuals because large quantities of the juice has been shown to damage the esophagus. As the old saying goes, too much of a good thing is bad.
Another example of a superfood, that doesn’t live up to the definition of “super,” is bone broth, otherwise known as stock. Some have claimed it fights inflammation and makes skin look younger. Similarly, coconut oil is touted as a beauty treatment for both hair and skin. It’s also dubbed the new “it” fat since it supposedly helps prevent Alzheimer’s. Last but not least is Turmeric – the spice powerful enough to destroy tumors. Another cancer-killer is the trendy kale, as well as other cruciferous vegetables.
Though these superfoods aren’t necessarily bad, they’re also not necessarily miracles. Anytime something is declared a miracle cure, don’t take it as gospel truth. Consumer Reports advises that the best way to improve your diet this year is to eat whole grains, lots of fruits and vegetables, and lean proteins.
Just remember that superfoods – though good for you – are no replacement for doctors, specialists, and prescriptions. So before turning to a superfood treatment, consult your doctor first. On that same note, make sure you’re fully insured before seeking expensive medical advice.
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