Spotlight on superfoods

The list of ‘superfoods’ is constantly growing, along with their claims to fame. The only question now is: will the real superfoods please stand up?

 

superfoods: goji berries, chia seeds, red beans, purple carrotsGoji and acai berries, spirulina, chia seeds… these exotic-sounding foods, along with many others, have all been touted as ‘superfoods’.

They are labelled as such because they are said to have extremely high concentrations of nutrients and antioxidants, and only a small amount needs to be consumed in order to gain significant health benefits, ranging from reduced blood pressure to protection against cancer.

But while the term ‘superfood’ may carry a lot of weight in the minds of consumers, it is a marketing term rather than a scientific one, and some experts remain sceptical about the misconceptions surrounding it.

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