Unmasking Superfoods

Unmasking Superfoods

The Truth and Hype About Açaí, Quinoa, Chia, Blueberries, and More

Book - 2014
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The science of nutrition is complex--eating shouldn't be

It can be overwhelming and frustrating to try to understand the claims about "superfoods." Do raspberry ketones really help you lose weight? Do blueberries really fight cancer? Are goji berries worth a try? For over five years, Jennifer Sygo has been separating the truth from the hype in her popular column in the National Post . Now in her first book, she tackles even more superfoods and in more depth. You'll learn why

the calcium in kale is absorbed as well as the calcium in milk lentils, chickpeas and beans are not just good for you; when cultivated, they also put important nutrients back into the soil goji, acai and noni berries may be more hype than substance xylitol, a sugar alcohol with a third fewer calories than sugar, could actually help prevent cavities and even ear infections people who eat avocadoes tend to weigh less than those who don't beets might help you run faster--and maybe even perform better in bed

In Unmasking Superfoods , Sygo discusses the latest research on the most popular superfoods and offers recommendations on how--or if--you should incorporate these foods into your diet.

Publisher: Toronto, Ontario :, HarperCollins Canada,, 2014
ISBN: 9781443419789
Branch Call Number: 613.2 SYG
Characteristics: 290 pages ; 23 cm


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Dec 07, 2016

I'm not sure if I was expecting to get such a detailed look at such a wide variety of foods. If you are interested in finding out about the over hyped and under hyped so called super foods, this would be a good read for you. All it did for me was reinforce that I've been interpreting the food marketing correctly and already ignoring the over hyped. Though it was nice to know that blueberries really are good for you.

Sep 04, 2015

Jennifer Syngo provides and excellent overview of the current state of knowledge of a wide variety of food item that are readily available in most areas. After so many really bad books on nutrition, such as “Grain Brain” , “Got Milked” and “Paleo Diet” as well as truly awful books like “Wheat Belly” and “Big Fat Surprise”, it is refreshing to read a nutrition oriented popular book that presents a balanced discussion of the evidence and does not misrepresent the research in order to mislead the readers. Syngo provides her readers useful information on many nutritions items they may have in or may want to consider adding to their diets as well as giving useful information on the levels of consumption that are appropriate for each. She also indicates the limitations of the current state of evidence and sometimes indicates where research could go on in the future. A very useful little book with quite accessible information for those who are interested in making improvements to their diets.

Dec 10, 2014

A readable look at the science vs. the hype of foods that have become very popular in news bytes over the past few years (think acai berries and raspberry keytones). The author looks at the science as well as the marketing. There is so much talk about 'big pharma' but this books shows that there is also a lot of money being spent on the marketing of foods and supplements, who over-hype questionable and small-scale studies they have funded. Plus it's written by a Canadian dietitian/nutritionist (a graduate of McMaster).

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