Superfoods and 4 You Should Avoid

 
Dr. Steven Pratt, MD coined the term "Superfood" in 2004 with his book, Superfoods Rx: Fourteen Foods That Will Change Your Life. On Dr. Pratt's website he lists 20 recomended foods, that he calls Superfoods, to be eating: Apples, Avocados, Beans, Blueberries, Broccoli, Cinnamon, Dark Chocolate, Dried SuperFruits, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Garlic, Honey, Kiwi, Low Fat Yogurt, Oats, Onions, Oranges, Pomegranates, Pumpkin, Soy, Spinach, Tea, Tomatoes, Turkey, Walnuts, & Wild Salmon.
 
Here's a lesson in don't always believe what you read. Thanks to Dr. Mercola, he points out why 4 of these are a no go:
 
Wild-caught salmon     Broccoli     Spinach     Berries, and     Green tea
While I agree with the vast majority of Pratt's selections, especially the five listed above, I disagree with the following four, as I believe these may have more harmful than beneficial effects for most people:
Beans. The primary concern with beans is that they are relatively high in carbohydrates and are loaded with lectins that may be incompatible with many people. It is also high in phytic acid which is a potent mineral chelator. If you are going to use beans they need to be soaked for 24 hours or longer and frequently changing the water. They are not perniciously deadly foods, but they in no way shape or form qualify as a superfood.

Low-fat yoghurt: Not only is the low-fat ideology completely false, low-fat yoghurt is also pasteurized and typically loaded with added fructose. Taken together, these three factors put commercial low-fat yoghurt squarely on my list of items to avoid. To reap the benefits that real yoghurt can provide, opt for homemade fermented yoghurt, using either raw, ideally pastured organic raw milk, full fat organic milk (not low fat or skim).

Soy: If you were to carefully review the thousands of studies published on soy, I strongly believe you would reach the same conclusion as I have — which is, the risks of consuming unfermented soy products far outweigh any possible benefits. Furthermore, genetically engineered soy pose additional health hazards over and beyond the damage caused by unfermented soy itself. The only type of soy I recommend is traditionally fermented organic soy products.

Dried fruits: While whole fruits are excellent sources of nutrients and antioxidants if consumed in moderation, they also tend to be high in fructose, and dried fruits even more so. If you are in the minority of people who are not struggling with insulin resistance, then small amounts of dried fruit would probably be fine, but if you have type 2 diabetes, are pre-diabetic, obese, hypertensive, or have symptoms of heart disease, you're better off avoiding dried fruits until your weight and insulin levels have normalized.


Other related post that supports one Dr. Mecola's statements:
11/10/12  Beware of Soy!!
 
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