Be wary of so-called 'Superfoods'

Nov 5 2013 - 6:36pm


Photo illustration by ROBERT JOHNSON/Standard-Examiner
Photo illustration by ROBERT JOHNSON/Standard-Examiner

Everyone would love to find a miracle food that could ensure long-term health and longevity, but is there really such a thing?

"Superfoods" can be found everywhere, from local grocery, health and online stores to kiosks in the mall. They come in the form of miracle teas, miracle salts, miracles berries ... and more and more marketers promise they will cure disease, lower your cholesterol, curb cravings and help you drop the pounds.

"When foods are highly processed, packaged, made into bars and supplements with the claims that they prevent or cure a disease, consumers need to be cautious," said Amy Cain, a registered dietitian at Ogden Clinic. "Claims are most likely marketing speak with little scientific backing."

Superfoods, a term dietitians and nutritionists do not use in their vocabulary, claim to be those that contain large amounts of antioxidants. While there are foods that should be on our daily diet lists, such as green leafy vegetables, whole grains and fruits, Ogden Clinic registered dietitian Rina Jordan said ascribing to the "magical" qualities in them is an overstatement.


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