The lettuce or the berry aren’t exactly the same as before.
Given the reduction in the quality of the goods we consume now and, occasionally, in the face of an unbalanced diet, the coming of these new products with additional properties is more than welcome: they are high in antioxidants (like vitamins A, C and E) ) and phytonutrients (chemical compounds within plants that provide color and taste, in addition to protection against ultraviolet radiation and diseases ), remove toxins, contribute to decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease or cancer and fight aging.
It’s not uncommon to hear about the excellence of standard goods in the Mediterranean diet, such as olive oil.
Myth or Reality
Are we confronted with medications capable of curing and protecting against potential ailments or is that a temporary and baseless trend, a product of the popular interest of the developed world for diet and health?
A simple search in Google on the word”super food” shows that each 0.13 seconds someone monitors the term online.
Additionally, it yields around 700,000 results.
However, in spite of its omnipresence, there’s not an official definition.
Is it a fad or fashion; It isn’t something new. Years ago the scientific community called functional ingredients to nutrients which, without adding calories, maintain health, such as olive oil, Hollywood Wildlife Removal, nuts or blue fish. Hence comes the title super food, but this doesn’t delight in the scientific evidence. It’s true they are quite healthy products.
Instead, instead of particular products, talk about food super-patterns: there is inadequate evidence of the claimed properties, in actuality, the majority of studies have ran in vitro tests on animals and use very high doses of substances, impossible to reach with the habitual consumption of the food which contains them.
Nevertheless, it is a fact that some are rich in bioactive substances or in phytochemicals which are in the focus of study, like flavonoids, carotenes, phenolic compounds…”.
“They’re healthy products, but they don’t cure, they just maintain health at best”.
For this particular expert, the best way to present the body with all you’ll need is through a diverse diet rich in legumes, fruits, vegetables, nuts and whole grains, but without exclusive consumption of a particular product or excluding others, like eggs or milk”What contributes to health or eliminate the food patterns rather than eating something isolated. Some cater to do good company, that ask it to people who promoted the oat bran, exotic juices or Goji berries, the latter considered by many a super food when they aren’t distinct from our sandwiches,”.
In Spain, we invest over 2,000 million euros on miracle products, which occasionally includes extracts from allegedly prodigious foods. Based on Nieves Palacios, expert in Endocrinology and Sports Medicine, when creating a menu we can’t forget fruits, vegetables, nuts and vegetables daily and vegetables and fish a couple of times weekly.
“The concept” super”is becoming popular in the media, not one of scientists,” he adds.
Exotic and traditional
“It generates emotional well-being and raises self-esteem, by being aware that we’re looking after our body,” says Itxasne Tome, a psychologist in the Ravenna Clinic.
The acclaimed of all of the life or people of extravagant name exalted by bloggers and journalists? Paula Rosso, nutritionist in the Lajo Plaza medical centre, don’t bet on both choices.
“Some customs return when they find their active ingredients : such as Omega-3 acids and chia fiber, protectors of the cardiovascular system, or Goji berries, fantastic antioxidant, even though it’s been discovered that some industrial demonstrations incorporated high doses of heavy metals, hence they sell less.
Whatever the case, Mediterranean foods are also a source of vitamins and also the cornerstone of the diet,”adds the nutritionist.
“This sort of meals must be consumed raw or using the least possible cooking and take it very fresh so it retains its properties intact and makes it much easier for the body to absorb it,” states Dr. Rosso. And nothing to gorge on a single and marginalise others.
“There’s evidence that fruits and veggies fight cancer, but in the shape of nutritional supplements – that is, isolating their nourishment outside – they don’t produce the exact effects. Including huge doses of a new food can occasionally mean displacing others of higher nutritional value and so add to the imbalance,”says Manuel Monino.