You may have heard them called superfoods,power foods,or miracle cures.But the research is till out an exactly how beneficial they are-and some may have a downside.
Apple Cider Vinegar
THE CLAIMS Drinking it regularly fights bacteria,lowers cholesterol,controls blood sugar levels,and aids weight loss.it also fights heartbum and vinegar is an acid.
THE REALITY it makes for a great salad dressing,but the health benefits of apple cider vinegar are overblown,Gastroenterologist William Chey.M.D.,says there’s no solid evidence that low acid levels lead to reflux. And Chey says he has treated several patients who have damaged their esophagus by overdoing it on this vinegar.
THE CLAIMS it fights inflammation,makes skin look younger,and boosts energy.
THE REALITY Bone broth is simply stock made by simmering animal or fish bones.”it’s been used as a traditional medicine for hundreds of years.so there are likely benefits,but there isn’t much published research.”says intergrative nutritionist Rubin Forouton,M.S.,R.D.N.it might help with inflammation.But a small study found that chicken broth made with bones had higher lead levels(but still below the Environmental Protection Agency’s limit of 15 parts per billion)
THE CLAIMS This saturated fat doesn’t raise cholesterol levels the way other satured fats do.it also promotes weight loss and prevents Alzheimer’s disease.
THE REALITY Certain small studies suggest that coconut oil might be less unhealthy than other saturated fats,such as those in red meat and full fat dairy products.Adding a small amount of coconut oil to your diet might be reasonable if you use it to replace other oils or fats,but its purported health benefits haven’t been proved.And like other oils,it contains about 120 calories per tablespoon.
THE CLAIMS it kills concerous tumors and reduces inflammation.
THE REALITY Studies have shown that curcumin,a compound in this golden-hued spice,can kill and prevent the growth of various types of cancer cells in the lab.
And another study suggested that extract of turmeric worked as well as ibuprofen in treating knee osteoarthritis.in both cases more research is needed.There’s probably no harm in adding turmeric to your food,but can potentially interact with certain medications,such as blood thinners,so check with your doctor.