5 superfoods that actually don’t benefit your health

Reports suggest that superfoods like coconut oil don't actually improve your health.

How many times have you picked up a newspaper or clicked an article on Facebook that suggests there’s a new superfood you should be eating to benefit your health?

While there’s no denying that many of them actually work, a new report has found that a lot of them are simply cashing in on your health fears.

According to Nine Honey, these are some of the top ‘miracle foods’ that don’t live up to their hype.

Coconut water

You only have to walk into a supermarket to see that an array of brands have jumped on the coconut water bandwagon. While most promise to hydrate you, there’s no denying that good old-fashioned regular water is the best way to go.

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It is also believed there isn’t yet enough evidence to support that it really has the ability to reduce blood pressure and protect against diabetes as some people have claimed. 

Almond milk

If you’ve been to a café recently, you may have been asked if you want to switch regular milk for almond milk. The plant-based alternative to traditional dairy milk has become a roaring hit with vegans and people with lactose intolerance.

While it can have a great taste, it could be doing you more harm than good. Because it isn’t regular milk, it doesn’t have all the nutrients and calcium that is usually found in the dairy staple.

Cranberry juice

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For decades, many women have sworn by drinking cranberry juice to help them get rid of urinary tract infections. Sadly, it looks like it could all have been a myth.

According to The Cut, a review in 2012 found that there weren’t any proven benefits of consuming the drink and preventing infections. Furthermore, excess consumption of the sugary drink could negatively impact your health in the long run.

Coconut oil

According to a recent poll by LiveLighter, 75 per cent of people believe that coconut oil is a health food. While many people use it regularly in their cooking, it is believed that just 15 per cent of health experts actually agree that it has health benefits.

They believe that higher levels of saturated fat content can lead to an increased risk in cardiovascular health issues.

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Lemon water

Have you ever heard about lemon water helping with metabolism and assisting your body to get rid of harmful toxins.? According to recent reports, it’s not entirely true.

“There is no evidence that these drinks will do anything to toxins,” Dr Ian Musgrave, molecular pharmacologist and toxicologist at the University of Adelaide explained to Nine Coach.

It’s also thought that consuming the lemons on a daily basis can actually impact badly on your dental health, given that the acid can wear away the enamel on your teeth.

Do you consume any of these products? Is your health better off for consuming them, or do you think it’s all a bit of a scam?