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Superfood claims aren't always so super, new report finds

Report breaks down coconut oil, apple cider vinegar claims

Kale -- This superfood packs a one-two punch against allergies. It's a member of the crucifer family, but it's also rich in carotenoids, which packs a form of vitamin A thought to improve allergy symptoms.
Kale -- This superfood packs a one-two punch against allergies. It's a member of the crucifer family, but it's also rich in carotenoids, which packs a form of vitamin A thought to improve allergy symptoms. (iStock/Barbro Bergfeldt)

ORLANDO, Fla. – All that kale you've been eating may not be enough, according to a recent study.

The research doesn’t always back up just how good some of these so-called superfoods are for the human body, according to Consumer Reports.

Superfoods are considered beneficial because the food items are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Some well-known superfoods include, kale, blueberries and salmon.

Some retailers are claiming that drinking apple cider vinegar daily lowers cholesterol and aids weight loss, among other benefits.

“There’s no solid evidence that low acid levels lead to reflux,” Dr. William Chey, a gastroenterologist and professor of medicine and nutrition at the University of Michigan, told Consumer Reports.

In fact, too much vinegar can damage the esophagus, Chey said.

Coconut oil remedies have been said to soften your hair, be a good substitute for cooking with butter and most recently to help with weight loss and prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

Adding a small amount of coconut oil to your diet can be helpful to replace other fats or oils, but the health benefits aren’t confirmed yet.

The bright yellow spice, popular in Indian cooking, turmeric, is said to be powerful enough to destroy tumors, but doctors say more proof is needed for the claim.

Eating a bag a kale a day won’t keep the doctor away, according to Consumer Reports, but add some Brussels sprouts, broccoli and cabbage and that’s a good superfood balanced combination.

Ginger is another superfood with benefits backed up by science. The root can help with nausea or a headache.

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