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Are super foods actually a good idea to incorporate into your diet, or have they been hyped up by over zealous marketing teams?

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Dr. Mitchell Kahn answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Marketing hype: The group, Cancer Research UK, says that "the term 'superfood' is really just a marketing tool, with little scientific basis to it". Another source defines as "a non-medical term popularized in the media to refer to foods that can have health-promoting properties". So-called superfoods may have an unusually high content of antioxidants, vitamins, or other nutrients.

Answered 8/3/2014

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Dr. David Feig answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Marketing term: Superfood is really a marketing term, nothing more. There are many GOOD foods to eat out there, avocados, quinoa, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, beans. There is nothing SUPER about them

Answered 8/3/2014

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Dr. Amy Friedman answered

Specializes in Transplant Surgery

Moderation is best: A general guide to a healthy diet includes a broad range of food types, adequate protein and limited fat and carbodhydrates. Fresh fruit and vegetables are also ideal. Following such a moderate range of food intake should provide an adequate balance of all nutrients, minerals and vitamins. Super foods are mythical, as you have recognized.

Answered 10/9/2017

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