12 Spring Superfoods That Are a Waste of Money
Certain spring “superfoods” aren’t worth it—either because they’re not that nutritious, they’re hard to find, or they’re just too expensive. Here’s what to buy instead.
Marketed as a natural sweetener that’s safer than sugar, agave doesn’t seem deserving of superfood status.
Why it’s not worth it: Many health gurus have changed their tune about agave, noting that it’s high in fructose. There is evidence that high amounts of fructose can raise “bad” LDL cholesterol levels and could cause people to store more fat around their bellies. Plus, agave offers little nutrition beyond calories and carbohydrates.
What to eat instead: If you’re looking to add a hint of sweetness to oatmeal, tea, or coffee, consider pure maple syrup. It’s a natural sweetener that contains 67 different polyphenols, including nine that are unique to it. And unlike agave, the syrup is sucrose (not fructose). Plus, it’s rich in manganese and riboflavin, and it’s a source of copper. Manganese plays a role in regulating blood sugar levels, while riboflavin helps reduce fatigue. Copper is needed to support the nervous system and a healthy immune system.
Fans claim it can help you rehydrate after a workout, speed up your metabolism, and even slow down the aging process.
Why it’s not worth it: None of the claims about coconut water have science to support them, and the different brands have varying levels of nutrients—something that makes them less than ideal for rehydrating after intense workouts. (An eight-ounce sports drink typically offers 40 milligrams of potassium and 95 milligrams of sodium.)
What to drink instead: If you’re looking to get more fluids into your day and find plain old H2O too boring, try making your own spa water by enhancing it with fresh or frozen fruit, cucumber slices, or fresh herbs. If you need something to help you rehydrate post-workout, you could use this recipe for a homemade sports drink. You’ll also want to load up on these 50 of the healthiest foods you can buy in the supermarket.