Nutrition Centre the fog about Superfoods

By | April 13, 2016

Below you find the answer to the media. This article was Jesse van de Velde and he writes exactly as I see it. Superfood is a supplement to a varied diet.

The Nutrition Centre warns today in the news that you need to be careful about eating superfoods, because the claimed health effects of these foods are not sufficiently scientifically. Miracle cures do indeed exist, but that superfoods can be an essential part of a healthy and varied diet is certainly the case.

What are superfoods?

superfoods Before I respond to the news of the Nutrition Center let me first explain what superfoods, because sometimes there is some confusion about it. A superfood is simply a high-quality food that comes directly from nature, pure and unprocessed. Sometimes superfoods have a (much) higher nutritional value than regular vegetable or fruit, and sometimes they have certain characteristics that you find in any other foodstuff. Under superfoods not only covered “exotic” foods like goji berries and coconut oil, a lot of fruit and vegetables that we all know and daily food are superfoods, thinking, for example sweet potatoes, blueberries, cabbage and broccoli.


Superfoods are indeed not a panacea?

It is good that the Nutrition Centre warns of foods that are ‘hyped’, it is their duty to warn consumers about excesses in the food industry and they should certainly do. And I believe that panaceas do not exist. A healthy body results from a healthy and varied diet, so I’m just like the Nutrition Centre a huge supporter of variety! The suggestion that the idea is created that ordinary food can be replaced by superfoods so wrong, because nobody I know only eat superfoods or tells you to do. We fill it all with our diet and eating also many other natural ingredients, such as vegetables, sweet potatoes, vegetables, nuts, seeds, organic meats and wild fish.

The Nutrition Center says that the claimed health effects of foods such as coconut oil, algae extracts and hemp seed insufficiently substantiated scientifically. You might think so now, why would they eat? Let’s go into the products mentioned by the Nutrition Centre.

Superfoods contain nutrients that are less present in other foods or missing

Super Foods form a part of a varied diet, and specific super foods can thereby deliver nutrients that certain other foods do not have or less:

  • Lauric acid in coconut oil, one of the healthiest saturated fats are coconut oil, which consists of approximately 92% from vegetable saturated fats. About 50% of the fatty acids in coconut oil is composed of lauric acid, which is compared with all the other saturated and unsaturated fatty acids that exist in the most capable of increasing the HDL cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol). (Mensink et al., 2003). Numerous epidemiological studies have shown that if the HDL cholesterol increases proportionally, you have less risk of cardiovascular disease, such as ischemic stroke and myocardial infarction (Rahilly, 2011; Rubin, 2002). Moreover, a proportionately higher HDL cholesterol levels have a balancing effect on people suffering from type 2 diabetes (Mard-Soltani et al., 2012). The bacteria-inhibiting properties of lauric acid may also help people with acne (Nakatsuji et al, 2009;.. Yang et al, 2009) and the intestinal flora help to balance (Desbois & Smith, 2010). Of all nutrients, coconut oil contains relatively most lauric acid (approximately 43 000 mg per 100 grams) …. Compare that with ‘normal’ foods such as butter (2600 mg per 100 grams) and cheese (1100 mg per 100 grams)! One tablespoon (8 grams) coconut oil contains 3440 mg of lauric acid, and one slice of cheese (20 grams), about 220 mg, so you will understand why I coconut oil because of the extremely high content of lauric acid call a superfood.
  • Omega 3 fatty acids found in chia seeds, flax seeds, spirulina and chlorella: Every human being has both omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids to stay healthy. However, all omega fatty acids, only work optimally when they are present in the correct ratio in the body. According to scientists, the best ratio somewhere between 1: 1 (ie Simopoulous, 2006) and 2: 1 or even higher (eg Yehuda, 2003), but most people with a Western diet consume as much omega-6 fatty acids and so little omega-3 fatty acids that the relationship sometimes earlier in the direction comes from 20: 1 or even higher (University of Ghent, 2003). If you omega ratio is out of balance you run all sorts of health risks, including an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, infectious diseases and autoimmune diseases. A survey (Simopoulous, 2008) for example, that people who reduce the omega 6/3 ratio to 4: 1 have about 70% less likely to die prematurely from cardiovascular disease. In people with colorectal cancer which brought back to their ratio of 2.5: 1 was observed a significant delay in the growth of cancer cells (while this is at a ratio of 4: 1 was not the case), and a similar result was to be observed in women with breast cancer. At a ratio of 2: 1 to 3: 1 were strongly inhibited inflammation in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, and a ratio of 5: 1 had a very positive effect on people with asthma. The regular foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids include walnuts, fish such as sardines and salmon and some vegetables such as squash, broccoli and spinach, but you have that very much food as you want to get enough omega-3 fatty acids you need eg 2 us to eat fatty fish per day or 5 significant portions of broccoli to get enough omega-3, while of Chia seed or linseed have not yet 2 tablespoons needed to achieve the same goal!
  • phycocyanin in Spirulina phycocyanin is a pigment protein complex involved in photosynthesis in cyanobacteria and is only found in spirulina. On the basis of scientific research has shown that phycocyanin has several health-promoting properties, and include supporting the heart and brain, protects against oxidative stress and promotes a strong immune system (eg JE Piñero Estrada et al. 2001; Hirahashi et al. , 2002). In all mammals, including, therefore, in addition, also of people, is converted into fycocyanorubine phycocyanin, an antioxidant that is very similar in structure to bilirubin, a substance that protects cells against free radicals and is associated with a healthy heart and blood vessels (Stocker et al, 1987;. Perlstein et al, 2008).. In addition, presumption scientists phycocyanin plays an important role in stem cell regeneration, in particular of the bone marrow and the red blood cells, and that it supports the production of red blood cells and white blood cells, but this still needs to be further investigated in humans (Belay et al., 1996). Phycocyanin found only in Spirulina (it contains about 16% of this pigment), so it is in any other food … this is the reason why it is a superfood!
  • PPARs in Chlorella: peroxisome receptors, known as PPAR’s, are a group of nuclear receptor proteins in the body which play an essential role in cell differentiation, development, and metabolism in the human body PPARs can be divided in three types each having its own function found in the body, namely alpha, beta and gamma PPARs. Studies have shown that activation of PPARs cancer inhibits and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, but also those suffering benefit from activation of PPARs are overweight or type 2 diabetes because they regulate metabolism (Tachibana et al., 2008). Many foods contain substances that activate PPARs, but chlorella contains a significant amount of all three, hence that chlorella is a really super food.
  • GLA in hemp seeds: Gamma-linolenic acid, abbreviated GLA is an omega-6 fatty acid that appears only vegetable diet in some species, including hemp seeds, buckwheat, oats and spirulina. The human body makes GLA from linoleic acid (LA), which prevents sufficient in a healthy and varied diet. However, the elderly, the sick and people with certain nutritional deficiencies can have a deficiency of GLA because they can convert LA to GLA less (Horrobin, 1993). In addition, pilot studies have shown that with a greater consumption of GLA in people who suffer from diabetic neuropathy, rheumatoid arthritis, allergies, ADHD, eczema, hypertension, menopausal problems, PMS, osteoporosis (source: Complementary and Alternative Medicine Guide, University of Maryland, 2014). In these cases it is important to eat food which is rich in GLA such as hemp seed.
  • Chlorophyll in wheatgrass: Leaf green or chlorophyll, the pigment that colors leaves green leaves of plants. Chlorophyll is used as dye in the food industry, but in addition it also occurs naturally in many green vegetables and superfoods. The most important property of chlorophyll is that it is a natural cleansing substance which purifies the intestines and the blood and the body allows to absorb oxygen more efficiently (Healy, 2009). In addition, researchers have shown that wheatgrass can serve as an effective alternative blood transfusion in patients with cancer (Dey et al., 2006), and researchers have demonstrated the University of Wageningen that chlorophyll inhibits the growth of malignant tumors in rats (Vogel et al., 2005). If you want to ingest some extra chlorophyll but do not want to eat it can be useful daily bucket kale to wheatgrass juice or drink a smoothie with wheat grass powder, because they contain in relation to other green vegetables a very high concentration of chlorophyll, like spirulina and chlorella moreover .

Why do people eat superfoods?

Everyone has his or her own reasons to eat superfoods. My view on this is that we are all together so far will give a healthy, pure diet (all processed foods, bad sugars, variations of sugars, processed vegetable fats in foods, artificial flavors) that our need to return go to nature has grown tremendously. Many people do not feel good, and do not lie about the numbers (Sources: National Heart Foundation and Compass)

  • Diabetes is the most common disease in our country
  • In 2011, 6.5 million people (41 percent) in the Netherlands moderate or severe obesity. Early 80s was 27 percent of the Dutch overweight
  • An estimated 42 to 51% of all Dutch from 35 to 70 years have high blood pressure
  • In 2009, deceased in the Netherlands 18 663 men and 20 979 women from the effects of cardiovascular disease, which amounts to an average of 51 men and 57 women per day.
  • Cancer is the leading cause of death in the Netherlands. Cancer mortality in the Netherlands is higher than the average in the European Union. Netherlands is no. 12 in the list of countries where cancer is most common and nearly 3.5% of all Dutch (570,000 people) are living with cancer or have had cancer in the past.

We have gone in the wrong direction with our diet and increase in diseases shows. This creates the need to go back to nature because our nature gives us great food for thousands of years. Superfoods do have benefits and features that other foods do not have. These benefits have been proven in recent centuries, and many also in scientific studies, some of which are mentioned above. This does not mean that you now only superfoods to eat …. but we have a lot more choices to be healthy than before, and that’s only good news!

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