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Consumer Reports: Super Food or Super Hype

Take apple cider vinegar to lower cholesterol, aid in weight loss and fight heartburn, right?


These claims are overblown. And in some cases overdoing it on apple cider vinegar has been shown to damage the esophagus.

Other foods that may be over-hyped? Bone broth — otherwise known as stock — has been touted as a way to fight inflammation and make skin look younger. Or the new “it” fat Coconut oil, which claims to prevent Alzheimer’s. And Turmeric — that vibrant yellow spice — powerful enough to destroy tumors.

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Not so fast. More proof is needed.

Anytime something is promoted as a miracle cure, watch out. Some of these foods do have health benefits, but eating a lot of them all the time isn’t going to give you superpowers.

Consumer Reports says there’s a better way to a healthier diet in the new year: Eat whole grains, lots of fruits and vegetables and lean proteins.

And in case you were wondering, no need to give up on trendy kale. But add in Brussels sprouts, broccoli and cabbage, which are also jam packed with nutrients.

Some claims hold up. Ginger has been found to be an effective remedy for nausea. And for a headache, try drinking a tall glass of water before you reach for a pill.

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