Superfoods have risen in popularity along with the growing claims of how they can be the answer to everything from losing weight to slowing down the aging process.
-Experts believe that the benefits of superfoods are real.
-Companies sometimes create overinflated promises with their marketing efforts.
-A balanced diet is the key to achieving good health.
Dr. Penny Kris-Etherton, Ph.D., RD, works at The Pennsylvania State University as a Distinguished Professor of Nutrition. She believes that some of the claims regarding superfoods can sometimes be exaggerated by sales and marketing people to the point that it becomes almost a myth– which is why experts prefer not to use the term. She thinks it sets up unrealistic expectations for consumers.
However, she also said that these superfoods are indeed very healthy. As a dietitian, she thinks it should definitely be incorporated into everyone’s diet.
Kris-Etherton emphasizes that a good diet doesn’t concentrate on just one type of food and should be a good balance of vegetables, whole grains, fruits, lean protein, and low-fat dairy products as well as seeds, legumes, nuts, and liquid vegetable oils.
Read the full article from the American Heart Association here: http://www.heart.org