Opinion article* published in The Conversation written by Emma Beckett, Human Molecular Nutrition Laboratory & Casual Academic at University of Newcastle and Zoe Yates, Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences at University of Newcastle.
Superfoods is a buzzword now part of mainstream food and health language, often touted as miracle foods that cure all ills, stave off ageing and disease, or aid weight loss.
In practice, superfoods are more readily evoked when it comes to exotic and ancient fruits. Goji berry and acai berry, for example, or pomegranate and mangosteen are all famously regarded as being super. Liver is actually more dense in nutrients than any of these foods, but have you ever heard it called a superfood?
As you may have guessed by now, superfood is not a scientifically or technically defined term. It’s not a word that medical professionals or researchers really use. Indeed, it has little meaning in the medical research community.
It’s easy to see why the concept is popular; being able to consume superfoods that protect you from all kinds of harm are a seductive notion. But the idea may be doing more harm than good. At best, it’s a misleading marketing tool, at worst, it may encourage bad habits.
Superfoods can give people a false sense of security, letting them believe that they can somehow balance out other unhealthy habits.
Read the full article in The Conversation.