Superfoods As A Diet Booster: Debunking 3 Myths And Misconceptions

Cindy Wilson Thumb by Cindy Wilson
BS, Nutrition & Food Science

Superfood is the term used by health advocates and fitness lovers around the world to refer to food or food groups that may help boost immunity and overall health. They’re said to be very rich in nutrients that help boost your immune system and maintain good health.  

Some of these superfoods are probably in your pantry already! These are turmeric, nuts, fruits, green and leafy vegetables, and chia seeds, to name a few.  And they are mostly found in supermarkets, superstores, and health shops. You can also buy them at online shops like Goodness Me! 

Superfoods As A Diet Booster

Over the years, the popularity of superfoods was taken advantage of by some businesses as they eventually resorted to health claims for marketing purposes.  So, consumers should be careful if they intend to use superfoods as a form of treatment.  They might just end up disappointed when they realize they’ve fallen for these myths.

Some of these myths are:  

Myth 1: Superfoods Cure Cancer

Cancer is a disease found to be caused by the spread of abnormal cells that prevent the proper functioning of organs in the body.  Some cancer types are more difficult to prevent, like in the case of hereditary cancer types, which significantly may increase one’s susceptibility to that specific type of cancer.

Turmeric Myth 1 Superfoods Cure Cancer

Because of this fear, even some superfoods, such as turmeric, cauliflower, and kale, are being marketed as cancer cures. Turmeric is probably one of the most marketed cancer cures among the superfoods. One should know that the curcumin found in turmeric is said to reduce inflammation in body tissues. The anti-inflammatory properties and the other benefits of turmeric can help the body function at its optimum. However, it does not cure serious diseases like cancer. This is one of the most common myths involving superfoods one must be aware of.

Myth 2: Superfoods Cure Obesity

Obesity is a disease caused by the body’s inability to burn down fat. It could be induced by unhealthy lifestyles, genetic abnormalities, metabolic disorders, behavioral issues, or hormonal imbalances. That said, it doesn’t happen overnight. However, some people seem to believe that eating superfoods like nuts will help treat obesity. 

While nuts are a healthier snack alternative, not all of them may be good for you. The protein, monounsaturated fats, folic acid, fiber, magnesium, vitamin E, and antioxidants found in some nuts may help the body burn bad fat and help prevent obesity. Some nuts like walnuts, almonds, and pecans may be good for the heart due to their low saturated fat levels, but some do not have these properties. 

 However, nuts as superfoods are only diet boosters and not an instant cure for obesity.  Patients who suffer from obesity need more than a healthy diet to go back to a healthy weight. Prescription medicines are often needed, and in worst cases, surgery may be required.  

Myth 3: Superfoods Cure Skin Diseases

Natural remedies are becoming more popular these days and are the preferred treatment by many, even when it comes to dermatological concerns. 

Some groups, seeing this opportunity, advertise superfoods as a cure for skin diseases.  They sell the idea that eating a Vitamin C-rich Apple and the Vitamin E-packed Avocado will cure skin diseases. Moreover, they also claim unwanted skin breakouts will instantly disappear if you eat a lot of almond and sunflower nuts.

Remember that according to decades worth of studies and research, skin diseases are caused by factors such as stress, poor diet, and lack of exercise. And obviously, these will not be cured by simply eating superfoods.

However, while they cannot cure skin diseases, eating superfruits can benefit the skin in several ways. Citrus fruits and berries are rich in Vitamin C and other nutrients that can keep skin healthy. They can also help generate new body cells, particularly skin cells, that result in youthful and glowing skin.  

Some superfoods like carrots, blueberries, and tomatoes benefit the skin with their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, especially when eaten daily. They also have been reported to protect the body from free radicals that damage skin cells. 

The superfood fruits packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and other nutrients will only help the body fight free radicals and other factors that may damage the skin. They may also help maintain healthy skin. However, you have to remember that they do not cure skin diseases.

Busting Myths And Misconceptions 

These myths may sound very convincing especially when you see them as claims in health products with multiple positive reviews from consumers who seem to support the claim. But to avoid being misled, always look for more reliable information, such as published studies with scientific bases conducted by professionals and experts. While superfoods are indeed nutritious and may help improve health, they’re best used to prevent diseases and not to treat already existing diseases. After all, prevention is always better than cure.

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BS, Nutrition & Food Science
Cindy Wilson

Hello, I am Cindy, and this a website where I inspect everything related to nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. I have a BS in Nutrition and Food Science (Colorado State University) and have completed a dozen specialty courses related to nutrition, biochemistry, and food science. I am open to learning more, but foremost I would like to share all my knowledge with you.

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