5 Superfoods That Aren’t So Super After All

FOOD  |  February 19, 2018
  • The truth about superfoods
    1 / 6 The truth about superfoods

    Acai berries, goji baies, kale, pineapples and now mare’s milk — according to nutritionist Raphaël Gruman, there’s no need to rush out and buy these trending “superfoods”. Better and less expensive dietary options are available to people who want to get in greater quantities of natural vitamins and antioxidants.

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  • Acai berries
    2 / 6 Acai berries

    The fruit of the South American acai palm is a big seller in organic grocery stores. Acai berries are rich in vitamin C, but so are the majority of fruits, notably kiwi fruit and in particular golden kiwi fruit. “The benefits of Acai berries come at a very high cost,” said Raphaël.

    Citrus fruits (clementines, lemons, oranges and grapefruit) are also rich in vitamin C, as are blackcurrants and red berries. And vitamin C can also be found in vegetables like turnips, cabbage, peppers, fennel and spinach.

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  • Goji berries
    3 / 6 Goji berries

    Much vaunted for their supposed health benefits, goji berries, which are small red berries native to Asia, have been over-promoted, says Raphaël. There are other foods that are equally rich in antioxidants, for example pomegranates, that are less expensive than goji berries.

    What’s more, consuming antioxidants from the widest possible range of sources is the best way to protect the body from free radicals. It’s also difficult to find goji berries that have not been treated with pesticides, and they can cause allergic reactions in some people.

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  • Kale Or Leaf Cabbage
    4 / 6 Kale Or Leaf Cabbage

    According to Raphaël, the trend for kale, which is hugely fashionable, is largely “fuelled by marketing”, and the green vegetable “does not deserve so much media attention, even though it does have antioxidants”.

    Proof of the hype for this hip cabbage can be found on the shelves of upmarket and organic grocery stores which now sell kale juice, kale soup and a growing number of other derivative products.

    Many studies have shown that green vegetables notably spinach green beans, peppers, carrots, tomatoes and vegetables in the brassicaceae family (cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower) can help to protect against cancer.

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  • Pineapple
    5 / 6 Pineapple

    Pineapples contain bromelain, a compound that can promote weight loss; but it is mainly found in the stem of the fruit and hardly at all in the flesh. So eating pineapple regularly wont help you shed any extra pounds.

    And dont forget that pineapple, which has a glycemic index of 50 as opposed to 25 for strawberries or blueberries, has quite a high sugar content.

    (Also Read: 9 Fruits To Avoid If You Want To Lose Weight)

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  • Mare's milk
    6 / 6 Mare's milk

    Lauded for its beneficial effects on digestion, intestinal flora, and overall health, mares milk has yet to prove its merits.

    Expensive and frankly not very environmentally friendly to produce, there are no scientific studies that prove its benefits, points out Raphaël. As for its nutritional qualities, mares milk contains plenty of lactose, very little fat and a good quantity of vitamin C.

    A version of this story first appeared in The Singapore Women’s Weekly. The go-to, trusted magazine for the latest news and information in areas that matter most to the professional working woman, The Singapore Women’s Weekly is now available in both print and digital formats. Visit www.WomensWeekly.com.sg for more.

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