A lot of the food we eat may seem healthy, but are they really?
Buzzwords are used a lot by companies to advertise their products and have them seem healthier than they really are. Eating healthy while on the go is a very common trend, people are easily fooled by packaging and advertising. ‘Superfood’ and ‘detox’ are a few buzzwords that do not have a definition or regulation by the FDA. It is very easy for advertisements to contain buzzwords and catch the eye of consumers. Consumers are always following the latest media trends instead of the scientific trends. Science is actually proven to work, while the media trends are said to work for a short period of time, if at all.
Seeing detox on a label in the grocery store or market can cause many consumers to be mislead about the health benefits. Our bodies are always naturally detoxing, so detoxing with a beverage or food is usually unnecessary. Labels with detox on them usually want to seem healthier than they are because the product contains lemon, cayenne or some other pretty normal ingredient. Detoxification is medically used for treatments of heavy levels of poison, metal, drugs and alcohol. If you really needed to detox, you would be laid up in the hospital.
Everyone would love to have a magic bullet food that would fix all of their problems. That being said is the main reason why the word ‘Superfood’ is widely used. Having a magic bullet food would be amazing but in reality, if the food was so great large amounts of people would be eating it and benefiting.
Some Buzzwords and phrases actually do have definitions and are regulated by the FDA such as ‘Organic’, ‘Made with “Organic”’, and ‘100 Percent Organic’. When consumers think of organic, they do not realize that there are different thresholds of organic regulation. Not all organic products are 100% organic.