Keeping Up With the Fads: Is the Superfood Fad Worth It?

If there was anything that was truly constant in life, it would be change. Like all things in our life, even the things that pertain to our health have trends. The more recent incarnation of this so-called trend would be the choices of food that’s referred to as Superfoods.

What is that?

Something that is normally referred to as a Superfood is normally something that is rich in nutrients and is generally believed to be really effective in boosting the health of whoever consumes it. Most individuals generally believed that Superfood would be able to:

  • Lower cholesterol
  • Burn fat
  • Promote better blood flow
  • Jumpstart metabolism
  • …and so much more!

One of the reasons why the concept of Superfoods got so popular was because of ‘health gurus’ and even celebrities that all incorporated them into their diets and their lifestyles. As most people tend to idolize and pick up the trends which celebrities like to indulge in, more and more people fell into the fad. Soon people were going on juicing cleanses and having milkshakes made of Superfoods. What is interesting about the Superfood fad is that so many people believed that their health was actually improving because of Superfood.

If you’re wondering what forms the Superfood has taken through the years, here are some of the examples:

  • Kale
  • Goji Berries
  • Quinoa
  • Wheat Grass
  • Green Tea
  • Blueberries
  • Beetroot

As with all things that fall into fads, they became quite expensive to purchase at the time. So not only were they hyped up, they were kind of hard to attain if you were in a budget.

Is It Worth It?

To determine if something, particularly a heath fad, is worth it, you will have to consider things from several angles. Like:

Proven Health Benefits

While certain healthy food does have health benefits, the biggest draw is that Superfoods help to stave off symptoms of certain illnesses and even help to cure those illnesses down the line. While there are certain boosts to the health of a person that eats Superfoods, there’s no evidence to suggest that Superfoods cure illnesses.

The Group That Tested Superfoods

Usually if a certain diet of certain food is actually healthy, studies will be conducted toward it. Those with a vested interest will try to market the product as something that is effective and will utilize key personalities like celebrities to push the message. Consumers need to be more discerning about who promotes a product or a fad.

Conclusion

Superfoods are still around. There are still people that subscribe to the whole idea that eating certain food and eating only that food will keep the body super healthy. The belief we have about this is that while you can use Superfood to enhance your immune system and bodily functions, you should not use it to stave off symptoms or even use it to cure illnesses—that is something that you should leave for medicine.

Do you think Superfoods and the whole trend behind them is worth partaking?

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