Myth: Superfoods are a thing and they are super at fighting cancer

Before we continue to the article know this, superfoods are a myth…

The superfood hype is literally all over the place and is still growing worldwide. Since having a healthy lifestyle became popular and posting a burger on your Instagram is so last season, suddenly everyone seems to be super-health-conscious. This would be an amazing thing if it was not for the trends and the fake news. The media is feeding us with fabulous stories about how blueberries will protect you from cancer and dark chocolate will not only save you from a heart attack but also improve your mood. Well, this is exactly the case of “too good to be true”. As we are all humans, we tend to fall for these “scientifically proven” tricks; I did as well, but let’s see the reality.


Although these fairy tales are actually based on real-life research, everything has limitations. First of all, let’s highlight the fact that measuring a single food’s effect on our systems is a tricky one. According to the WHO, there are several so-called “confounders”, which are personal factors, lifestyle choices that also influence our health and length of living. Since eliminating the effects of all confounders is impossible, finding a health improvement isn’t directly related to consuming a certain food. Therefore, we really shouldn’t build our lives around eating cabbage to avoid cancer.

Secondly, media always exaggerates. This is a golden rule that we should all keep in mind. Don’t expect to save your life by drinking red wine and eating dark chocolate every day or to become America’s next top model from eating avocados for two weeks.

Lastly, all these cancer-curer and calorie-burner superfood headlines are working in favour of some retailers to make you spend your monthly salary on goji- berries and Matcha lattes.

Do not believe everything you read online. Even this article! Dangerous claims are made online everyday and especially plausible sounding ones slip through the cracks of critical thinking and objectivity.

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