Vee is certainly onto something, it's all in the preparation of such "super foods". Deep fried blueberries is not going to help anyone's diet reigme.
I suppose that an element of this "super food" fad engages a quick-fix-solution methodology - where you can eat fresh blueberries and gain tons more benefits from its minerals say than a raw potato, which you would never eat. Which you must then process in a way that will allow similar benefits to emerge such as steaming. Which is more hard work and effort for the fad-believers.
So I would say there is an element of playing on people's lazyness via marketing.
Thanks for your reply Amelia. As well as the laziness factor, I think marketers also try to exploit our sense of guilt. If we're not eating the right kinds of foods then we must not be looking after our selves, etc. etc. I certainly believe the hype surrounding "super foods" is unnecessary and motivated by potential profit.
Super foods are just that.
They have amazing properties, and of course cost a lot more.That's the part which leaves me 'thinking'.
They talk about how we should all eat healthy, yet! make it expensive.Some berries can give relief to inflammation. I'm not sure why they are not harvested in larger amounts,maybe it all does come down to the dollar.But, it all cost's in the end.I think that is a huge reason 'why' people don't take advantage.
jonaj, I do believe some foods are inherently more nutritious than others. But like I said to Amelia, the hype surrounding 'superfoods' is certainly unnecessary. It's as if by labelling something a 'superfood', it's retail price automatically increases.
You're point, that 'They talk about how we should all eat healthy, yet! make it expensive', is a very good one. This makes consuming 'superfoods' an issue bound up with class, with only those who can afford to eat healthily able to do so. It's ridiculous how expensive fruit can be but how inexpensive soft drink and confectionary can be.
There's some truth to some of the claims but also a lot of hype. I see a lot of weird health claims on Facebook, mainly stuff about particular fruits "curing cancer" and I always take stuff like that with a grain of salt.
About certain foods curing cancer, I don't know what I think about that. I've heard accounts of people eating spoiled food and allegedly being cured of cancer. I've also heard that eating aloe vera can cure cancer. After some research, I found a lot of conflicting evidence. Hmm...
Many super foods are nutritionally fantastic for your body, but are often high in calories, which is the issue for most people. Those who consume high amounts of "super foods" have a much higher calorie intake than what is needed for their BMI, which is they may start to put on weight, which then undoes the good that super foods may do....
There is a veeerrryyy fine balance. If you consume such foods, make sure you're aware of your daily calorie intake, and make sure to exercise to burn off any excess!
I don't think we really k,now.
Things keep changing and foods that were superfoods also change.
I don't know what proof they have about any of these foods.
Who did tests?
I don't see how they could test this without using many, many people, so while I probably believe "them" whoever they are, I have my doubts.