These days, it’s difficult to know what to believe when it comes to nutrition. After all, there’s always someone claiming that a new “superfood” is either the key to a long life or pretty much no healthier than just a regular apple. One such food that’s often bandied around as being good for us is coconut oil, with even celebrities touting its supposed benefits. Now, however, a Harvard professor reckons that this supposed miracle-worker may actually have a dire impact on your body.
The concept of “clean eating” – typically, the consumption of unprocessed wholefoods – has proliferated in recent years. Foodstuffs such as kale and quinoa have also gone mainstream, while some choose to eat vegan, shun carbs or even just consume diets rich in organic produce in order to keep themselves well.
Before clean eating became a trend, however, marketers had latched on to the idea of there being supposed “superfood.” In fact, the European Union banned the term in advertising – at least without credible scientific research to back any claims up – as far back as 2007. And yet, the idea that some food products are more beneficial than others persists today – with the likes of blueberries, chia seeds and coconut oil often proffered as examples.