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“Superfoods” are not a substitute for a balanced diet – experts

Scientists debunk the "superfood" myth

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The concept is a marketing term and corresponds to the fashion trends for certain foods.

Experts from the Spanish University of Oviedo said that only breast milk can be considered a “superfood”.

Scientists have named “superfood” a marketing term that manufacturers use to refer to foods that contain the most nutrients: vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber and polyphenols. 

This includes quinoa, goji berries, coconut oil, spirulina, chia seeds, cabbage, and other foods. 

However, the term “superfood” is not recognized by official organizations, including the European Food Safety Agency. 

“To date, there is only one food that has been shown to have all the nutrients necessary for life and in adequate amounts for man. It is breast milk, up to 6 months of age,” the article says. 

Thus, only breast milk can be considered a real “superfood”, and all other statements are nothing more than a marketing gimmick. 

At the same time, some foods are indeed rich in useful micronutrients, but their use is not a substitute for a balanced diet. 

For example, kale is higher in calcium, folate, riboflavin, vitamins C, K, and A than other crucifers. 

However, despite its beneficial properties, it cannot be argued that a certain type of cabbage is a “superfood” in comparison with another.

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