Superfoods May Not Be So Super

coffeeIt seems as if everywhere you look, the value of “superfood” is touted. But, are these foods really worth all the hype? Are they truly the magic bullet that will keep you super healthy? Here are a few superfoods and what science has to say about their benefits.

Bulletproof Coffee

This is also called butter coffee and is the combination of black coffee with one to two tablespoons of unsalted butter and medium chain triglyceride oil such as coconut oil. This one is actually something that has been enjoyed in other parts of the world for quite some time. It is used by Tibetans as a source of energy in the harsh climate of the Himalayas.

Some people claim that bulletproof coffee provides the drinker with lasting energy, boosts the brain and even has weight loss benefits. The problem with this is there is no research to support any of those claims. Sipping this beverage from time to time isn’t bad for you, either. But it’s not a replacement for a full, nutritious breakfast.

Bone Broth

Bone broth is pretty much soup stock made with more bones than meat and it’s having its 15 minutes of fame. The idea behind this broth is by boiling the bones you are able to unlock nutrients such as collagen, amino acids, anti-inflammatory fats and minerals from the animal bones that will give you a boost. Its proponents claim that it can help everything from the common cold to achy joints, but is that really true? There have been studies that show chicken soup is helpful for congestion, but also studies that indicate more is getting pulled from the bone than just nutrients. Lead levels in chicken broth were a bit alarming, but still within acceptable EPA limits. The truth is that as long as you’re not indulging in bone broth every day, all day, then you should be just fine to take the bone broth plunge.

Coconut Oil

People have been going coconuts for this oil lately. People are incorporating more coconut oil into their lives to help with weight loss, diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol and more. The problem is there’s not enough evidence to support coconut oil as a treatment for these conditions. Many dieticians recommend coconut oil a part of a balanced diet and a great substitute for other oils or butter in cooking. So, use coconut oil if you want but don’t expect it to be a cure for what’s ailing you.

As much as people want to find a magic food that will cure all ailments, foods labeled as “superfoods” aren’t the ticket. The only real way to encourage health is by eating a balanced diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables. 

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