The Fake News Media war on Superfoods
Mainstream media survival depends, now more than ever before, on Big Pharma and Big Agra advertising dollars.
The decline in corporate media credibility and the collapse of ratings and trust of these media outlets in the eyes of the public led to a new wave of attacks on everything that threatens Big Pharma and Big Agra’s profits.
One the items that threatens food monopolies the most relevant one is healthy, independent thinking people. If people are healthy there is no business for big pharmaceutical drug companies and large artificial food conglomerates.
If Big Pharma and Big Agra cannot sell their drugs and chemical-laden products, they won’t have profits to survive and therefore will reduce their investment on fake news media to do their bidding.
The result of the continuous loss of credibility and trust in both mass media as well as conventional medicine and nutrition has ignited a pervasive campaign against health and well-being by compromised, presstitute corporate media, most likely at the request of their corporate owners.
One of those disinformation outlets is EL PAIS, a mainstream Spanish newspaper that is totally biased toward conventional medicine, pro-vaccination, pro-pharmaceutical drugs, and against individual liberty.
In a recent article, the paper published a hit piece on superfoods. Its writer, identified in the piece as Francesco Rodella, an intern at the newspaper, says that when it comes to superfoods, it is all about its marketing, not its health benefits.
Rodella is just another ignorant newcomer who regurgitates what “experts” tell him to say. In this case, those “experts” say that superfoods are a scam, a farce.
His reasoning dictates that people like superfoods because they are “exotic” and unknown and that there is no evidence of their effectiveness to improve health or to treat and cure disease.
Mr. Rodella’s lack of expertise and poor journalistic standards prevents him from understanding the importance of doing his own research.
The article does not explain whether any of the “experts” cited studied superfoods long enough to come to the conclusion that they are a farce. Today, most health practitioners, even nutritionists, are deeply ignorant about nutrition, which is why it is not surprising that doctors and other professionals prefer to speak against superfoods without studying about their nutritional benefits.
Rodella’s article can be summarized in two words: willful ignorance.
Among the superfoods attacked by Rodella and his experts are quinoa, goji and acai berries, chia seeds, maca tea, coconut oil, spirulina, kale, all of which have a solid record of aiding people’s nutrition.
No one who knows anything about nutrition claims that superfoods perform miracles. Superfoods are natural products with high concentrations of nutrients such as vitamins, that most humans lack and that conventional industrialized products have very little of, due to soil depletion and industrial processing.
The falsehood of Rodella’s article, which is more a hit piece than an article with solutions or alternatives to the supposed superfoods farse, is that people should not use them or do their own research on the internet. People like him do not like when consumers are well-educated and well-informed.
Some of the “experts” Rodella included in his article warn that the internet is not a good source of information. They equal doing your own research with apostasy, because only professionals with a university degree are in optimal condition to advise consumers. That, of course, is lunacy.
Since Rodella did not take the time to do his own research before bashing Superfoods, I took the time to source some information on them as well as some studies that show how these foods are indeed essential to enjoy good health.
What are Superfoods and how they can help you lead a healthy life?
The war on superfoods exists because large companies cannot control them or make a profit on them. The same is true about orthomolecular medicine and other non-conventional health treatments.
People who use superfoods are labeled as ‘kooks’ for putting their lives in the hands of knowledgeable health practitioners who are not compromised by bribes paid for by the food industry.
Luckily, superfoods do not need to be defended from attacks such as the one launched by Rodella, because their results speak for themselves.
Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine was clear about what food actually represents when he said: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” By food, he did not mean canned or packaged food-like products, but organic, natural superfoods.
So what can Superfoods do for you?
Superfoods are non-medical products, nonindustrialized foods that can have health-promoting properties such as reducing one’s risk of disease or improving any aspect of physical or emotional health. They are successful in providing health benefits because of their high concentration of nutrients.
According to a study in 2005, conducted by Yi W, berries, for example, have high concentrations of antioxidant plant compounds, These compounds inhibit the growth of cancerous human colon cells. They also showed a capacity to kill such tumors. This is not speculation or a farse, it is scientific evidence.
Studies by Lichtenthäler R, from 2005, Hassimotto NMA from that same year, Lynn A in 2012 and Aviram M, in 2002, show that açaí berries and pomegranates have potent antioxidant properties. Pomegranate juice can lower blood pressure in the short-term, and reduce oxidative stress, in healthy people.
Separate studies from Kris-Etherton PM, Delgado-Lista J and Goldberg RJ & Katz J in 2003, 2012 and 2007 respectively, explain how fish consumption, due to their omega-3 fatty acids content aid in cardiovascular disease.
The long chain omega-3 fatty acids prevent and help treat cardiovascular disease. A meta-analysis of the analgesic effects of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation for inflammatory joint pain was also demonstrated.
Moringa olifera is another of those superfoods that contains stratospheric levels of almost every nutrient humans need to ingest for good health. About 100 grams of dried moringa leaf has10 times the Vitamin A of carrots, 12 times the Vitamin C of oranges, 17 times the calcium of milk, 15 times the potassium of bananas, 25 times the iron of spinach, and 9 times the protein of yogurt. If that is not enough to be considered a superfood, then I do not know what would be necessary.
Goji berries are another example of a superfood. They have got 2.4 times more immune-boosting antioxidants than blueberries. They also contain all the amino acids our bodies needs. About 14 percent of the weight of the berry is pure protein. Gogi berries also help fight muscular degeneration.
Chia seeds, one of the foods that Rodella calls a farse, has been scientifically proven to aid your body to reduce triglycerides. The seeds help patients control their insulin levels and provide 8 times more omega-3 fatty acids than salmon.
The benefits cited above about these superfoods are not commentary or opinion, but scientifically verified results that can be independently verified. As usual, we do ask our readers to do their own research and come to their own conclusions.