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Scientists Question The Basis Of "Superfruit" and "Superfoods"

March 11, 2009: 01:05 AM EST
In recent years pomegranates, blueberries, goji berries and açaí have been termed superfruit, standing out for high levels of antioxidants, vitamin C and fiber. But some scientists are scornful, seeing the terms 'superfruit' and 'superfood' as marketing inventions with little meaning. For instance, Stephen T. Talcott, associate professor of food chemistry at Texas A&M University said "Superfruit is a marketing term; most scientists don’t use it", pointing out that all fruits "have nutrients and photochemicals that give you energy."
Abby Ellin, "Food Claims Raise Questions", The New York times, March 11, 2009, © The New York times
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