Superfruits Essay

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The unfortunate secret to eating healthy, is that there isn’t truly a secret. There are plenty of health-related tips bolstered by the public, but what information is authentic and what is pseudoscience? As it turns out, a great deal of these “common sense” tactics to staying on top of your food game are commercial lies wrapped around a kernel of truth. In this article, I will attempt to separate some of the most prevalent myths from their factual roots, as well as bring to light lesser known, well-established truths. Removing unverified, unnecessary theories from your lifestyle will leave you with truly amazing and trustworthy healthy eating habits. Acai berries. Once unheard of in many Western countries, they are now found in smoothies, …show more content…
Purportedly. Like most “superfruits”, the acai berry is seen as something that is exotic or foreign. This may be what makes these super claims so super believable. Imagine if you had eaten strawberries your entire life, only to be told that they help in weight loss, cure common illnesses, or clear your skin. Skepticism towards these claims is warranted. Just as they are towards superfruits. Unlike strawberries, however, we haven’t had decades (if not centuries) to study the benefits of these so-called superfruits. The scientific claims behind strawberries are substantiated with far more evidence than those of acai berries, magosteen or goji. Instead of letting your ignorance of a certain food become a source of income, make a custom of savoring the genuine fruits, whose health claims are proven. Want the robust benefits that superfruits claim to have? Red wine, blueberry juice and Concord grape juice all outperform acai in terms of antioxidants, and these are more readily available (thus, cheaper). Even the mighty pomegranate, often praised for its …show more content…
Eggs have too much cholesterol, high fructose corn syrup is worse than sugar, gluten-free diets treat autism, frozen fruits aren’t as nutritious as fresh fruits. I have heard these allegations tossed around as if they are self-evident. Yet, these are all completely baseless claims; claims that may impact the diets of those who take them at face value. To those who haven’t investigated further, these ideas may seem to be logical. Limiting the intake of cholesterol and sugar is good. However, eating an egg every single day would likely have little-to-no impact on your blood cholesterol. In similar fashion, consuming any kind of sugar, HFCS or otherwise, in large quantities will lead to weight gain. Surprisingly, some studies have found the fresh versus frozen fruit myth to be completely backwards. Freezing or canning fruits has been found to preserve their nutritional value, with canned fruits retaining the most nutrients due to lack of oxidation. The fables told of these relatively harmless products are as widespread as they are

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