Consumer Reports: Superfood or super hype?

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Consumer Reports reveals some superfoods are not super at all. (WLS)

If eating well is one of your goals for the year, you may think adding in handful of superfoods will make all the difference. But watch out: Consumer Reports reveals some superfoods are not super at all.

You've seen the signs and heard the claims: Superfoods promote weight loss, make you look younger and promise other almost magical healing powers.

But are these claims too-good-to-be-true? Consumer Reports takes a look at some trendy foods to separate the hype from the reality.

Take apple cider vinegar. If you drink regularly, it lowers cholesterol, aids in weight loss and fights heartburn, right? Wrong.

"These claims are overblown. In some cases, overdoing it on apple cider vinegar has been shown to damage the esophagus," said Trisha Calvo, Health Editor, Consumer Reports.

Other foods that may be over-hyped? Bone broth, otherwise known as stock, has been touted as a way to fight inflammation and make skin look younger. Or the new "it" fat, coconut oil, claims to prevent Alzheimer's disease. Turmeric, a vibrant, yellow spice, is powerful enough to destroy tumors. Not so fast. More proof is needed.

"Anytime something is promoted as a miracle cure, watch out. Some of these foods do have health benefits, but eating a lot of them all the time isn't going to give you superpowers," Calvo said.

Consumer Reports said there's a better way to a healthier diet. Eat whole grains, lots of fruits and vegetables and lean proteins.

In case you were wondering, there is no need to give up on trendy kale. But add Brussels sprouts, broccoli and cabbage. They're also jam packed with nutrients.

Some claims hold up. Ginger has been found to be an effective remedy for nausea. For a headache, try drinking a tall glass of water before you reach for a pill.

All Consumer Reports Material Copyright 2017. Consumers Union of U.S. Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Consumer Reports is a not for profit organization which accepts no advertising. It has no commercial relationship with any advertiser or sponsor on this site. For more information visit consumer.org
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