Viewpoint: There’s no such thing as an organic ‘superfood’

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If you do a Google search of “Oz superfoods” you will get more than 40,000 hits. The good doctor really likes superfoods. One small problem – there is no such thing, his self-serving proclamations notwithstanding.

A really good doctor, David Seres, the Director of Medical Nutrition at Columbia University Medical Center, and also an expert advisor for the American Council, has a few qualities that Dr. Oz lacks:


  • Expertise
  • Ethics
  • Credibility

In his recent piece in The Hill Seres takes apart the superfood myth, both scientifically and economically.

Now, more than ever, it’s easy to find high-price, locally grown, organic produce alongside “superfoods” like pomegranate juice, acai berries and chia seeds. Toss it all together into a sleek $400 blender and you’ve got the cure for whatever ails, except for credit card debt.

David Seres, M.D.

Related article:  Viewpoint: Should US be subsidizing organic farming when label seems increasingly meaningless?

But these foods are marketed for wealthy (and gullible) people. Seres writes:

Superfoods are certainly within reach for upper middle class urbanites folks. They often live near cities and can get an antioxidant probiotic rich $12 kumquat or lemon cucumber smoothies in one of a dozen trendy bars.

Read full, original article: Superfoods Or Superfads? Dr. David Seres Weighs In

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