You’ve seen it before.

“Cacao nibs boost energy and burn fat!” (But how does consuming food/calories burn calories?)

“Tiger nuts have amazing weight loss benefits!” (It may claim that these can slim your waistline because of fiber… so why not buy apples, which are way cheaper and have just as much fiber?)

How likely is it that “superfoods” actually make these big claims that they say they do?

Unfortunately, eating one food doesn’t suddenly transform your lifestyle; goji berries and chia seeds can’t miraculously make you drop pounds

In simple terms, Registered Dietitian recommends, “Think SuperDiets, not SuperFoods.” 

There isn’t a single food that will make you healthy, but rather, it’s the combination and pattern of the foods you eat that will impact your body. Eating a variety of whole fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, low-fat dairy, whole grains, and nuts and seeds is what will improve your cholesterol levels, fight diseases, and potentially reduce cancer risk.



Eating solely spinach or kale everyday can cause constipation and nutrient malabsorption. Not so super, isn’t it?

Now, what do you do?

  1. Be skeptical of media you’re exposed to: With every green juice and red palm oil craze comes a wave of celebrity endorsements and trendy media posts. As convincing as Doctor Oz and Gweneth Paltrow may be, many big media influencers don’t have improving your health as their number one priority but rather, making revenue and gaining followers. Be wary of untrustworthy websites that make dramatic claims that seem too good to be true. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
  2. Eat a well balanced, varied dietThere are thousands of diets readily available to you with a click of a button, but the general guidelines that educated professionals recommend can be summarized with the image below: 1/2 of your meal should be filled with a variety of fruits/vegetables, around 1/4 with whole grains, 1/4 with lean proteins, and a serving of low-fat dairy. 

So what is it that you choose: SuperFoods or SuperDiets?

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About The Author

Christina is a Junior at Boston University, majoring in Dietetics and minoring in Communication. She is a tennis instructor at BU, an ACSM CPT, and writes blogs for multiple Registered Dietitians. She can be seen with her headphones in playing one of her Spotify playlists and/or shamelessly taking a picture of everything she eats. You can check her out at on Instagram.

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