This Chart Shows The 'Superfoods' Backed With Some Scientific Evidence

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If you're doing some research on popular "superfoods" and you're wondering which ones may have some credibility, this interactive chart shows which ones have the most scientific evidence to back them up based on studies and research.

The chart, put together by Miriam Quick, Kesta Desmond and the web site Information is Beautiful, looks at almost every "superfood" that's claimed to help with our minds, bodies and general well being. You can see which foods have strong evidence — not many — and which ones have little to no evidence regarding various claims. A majority of the "superfoods" exist in the range of inconclusive to no evidence at all.

When you click on the item, you'll see what it's supposed super power is, and you'll find direct links to the studies that offer some evidence, or lack thereof. In general, it's hard to know for sure whether such foods have any effects on us — health and nutrition can be complicated — but at least with this chart you can get an idea what has some evidence backed by research. Check out the complete chart at the link below.

Snake Oil Superfoods? [Information is Beautiful]


Comments

    Interesting... A few days ago, I posted an article about people propagating information without fact checking. Then I see this article. It's good to see the web site included their references ...

    When the web site talks about evidence,
    "strong" means we believe it does what it should do and there's at least one study.
    "good" means it seems to do some good things, but we think it should do more.

    If you look at oats as an example of strong evidence, only one study is listed, despite the classification of "strong evidence". Without digging too far, it wasn't obvious how many studies were done, how many people were involved, the duration of the testing and what consistency the results were.

    I recently researched sour cherries in concentrated juice as an aid for helping children sleep. According to several studies, It doesn't improve the quality of sleep. However, it does reset the circadian rhythm (ie. when you want to go to sleep). So, it would help reset the body clock if you were suffering from jetlag from an international flight. It was very difficult to confirm the criteria of cherries, the quantity required and the timeframe to eat the cherries. During my research, I came across many wild claims about miracle cures of sour cherries.. My first thought was "just like Goji berries - cures cancer and restores missing limbs".

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