Mother Jones writes:
as açaí berries, goji berries, and chia seeds that cycle quickly in and out of the foodie spotlight. Their marketers would have you believe that these foods are key to preventing modern scourges, from heart disease to brain deterioration to cancer.
So do the health claims about superfoods withstand scientific scrutiny? And are they worth their hefty price tags?
Read the article here: http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2013/05/are-superfoods-quinoa-chia-goji-good-for-you
wife to an AMAZING dude and mommy to an awesome 9 month old boy
Chia seeds are awesome. I don't care about the "superfood" value - they hit the same happy spot for me as tapioca, and are undeniably healthier than that.
I think I'm going to try to grow my own, and avoid the "superfood" cost premium.
DS born 6/03, DD1 born 9/06, DD2 born 10/10, DD3 born 4/14.
Quinoa, millet and amaranth are pretty widely growable. Even berries and greens!
They do say that only about 1% of the plants growing in the Amazonian forest have been explored for their health and medical benefits and that locals believe every ailment has a natural cure. While I disagree with how trendy superfoods or any exotic food items for that matter impact the lives of the locals (e.g. traveling in Colombia and Bolivia, you can barely find a good cup of coffee, mostly instant Nescafe... because all good coffee is exported and it's at such a high price point that locals can't afford it anymore), I do believe that some of them have great health benefits and they should be explored, and when possible harvested in other parts of the world with similar climates. Ultimately, that's how tomatoes, potatoes and corn became staple foods in Europe and they've only been grown there for a few centuries.
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