Health experts tout superfoods as nutrient-packed foods that can do everything from increase your energy to protect you from cancer, heart disease, and life-threatening illnesses. But just because a food has been labeled as a superfood doesn’t mean it actually is one. Take these five superfoods foods for example. Despite their “healthy food” label, many of them lack scientific data to back up their claims, don’t contain nearly as many nutrients as they’re presumed to, and can even include some harmful side effects. Here’s a look at some of the unhealthiest ‘superfoods’.
1. Goji berries
Often sold in juiced and dried form, Healthline says that goji berries are packed with antioxidants and vitamins, can lower your blood sugar and blood pressure, and may even reduce inflammation. Mother Jones concedes that goji berries do contain phytochemicals, which are plant compounds that can prevent heart disease, cancer, and brain deterioration, but adds that they “are not really miracle cures for everything from obesity to sexual dysfunction.”
In fact, in 2006, the Food and Drug Administration reprimanded two different goji product manufacturers for making unsubstantiated health claims, according to Mother Jones. In addition, eating this superfood may cause some unwanted side effects. Livestrong states that goji berries may interfere with diabetes medications and can irritate the digestive system, causing diarrhea, indigestion, nausea, and in extreme cases, vomiting. Finally, Livestrong notes that although it is rare, goji supplements may affect your body’s ability to clot blood properly.