There’s No Such Thing As A Super-Food

by Lisa Rosen on June 17, 2011

Remember the oat bran craze?  Or blueberries?  Now it’s pomegranate, and mangosteen, and acai.

They’re all nice enough, and undeniably healthier than a cheeseburger and fries.  But good enough to make up for that cheeseburger and fries?  Not so much.

And no single food is going to ward off all illness, or make you live forever.  No”miracle” drink is potent enough to stand in for appropriate medical care or necessary medication.

Cranberry juice, for instance:  if you think you’re getting a UTI, and you drink a glass of cranberry juice, and the symptoms go away, great.  That’s fantastic, and totally appropriate.  But if the symptoms don’t go away, and you just keep drinking cranberry juice and ignore the fact that you have a problem, that’s just stupid.

Oat bran–same thing.  It’s perfectly fine, of course.  It makes a nice alternative to cream of wheat, and is a lovely, fibrous addition to muffins.  But if you eat it every single day, insisting that it’s going to bring your cholesterol down even when the bloodwork indicates otherwise?  You might want to rethink that idea.

There’s no such thing as a miracle food.  It’s pretty much all fine, in moderation.  The problems start when we eat too much of just a few things, and that applies equally to milkshakes and brussels sprouts.

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