Superfoods – is healthy eating just hype? | DW Documentary

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Are superfoods all that they’re cracked up to be? There’s plenty of worldwide hype about eating chia seeds, goji berries and quinoa – but what benefits do they really bring?

This documentary looks at what superfoods do for people and more. How is the healthy eating boom influencing agriculture and business? There are more and more restaurants serving superfoods in Germany. Florian Klar of Bochum opened the first superfood bistro in the Ruhr region about a year ago. He buys in all types of food, using local suppliers when he can, but he also uses exotic superfoods in his meals.

Quinoa, goji berries and chia seeds can now all be found in supermarkets as well. The food industry has discovered selling these products is lucrative and changed its product selection accordingly. Superfoods are simply that a foodstuff contains a high amount of nutrients. “Every country has its own superfood,” says nutritionist Matthias Riedl. Blueberries, flax seed, blackcurrants, and kale are all superfoods native to Germany.

The film also takes viewers to Bolivia, a key quinoa exporter, to see how the hype has influenced farming there. Exports of the so-called “Inca corn” quadrupled between 2007 and 2013. The rising price of quinoa on global markets has led Andean farmers to increase the size of their fields. Yet after just two straight years of quinoa harvests, the soil is already exhausted and barren.

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Comments

RHBR says:

People look at me funny when I say that there's a health food industry that manipulates fact for profit just like there's a junk food industry, and yet here we are.

oo -- says:

Flaxseed is good lots if vitamins, too expensive though lol.

ALKA SOLI says:

Local fruits and vegetables is the best superfoods
In Kerala you will find vaazhakoombu,unnipindi,murunga, nottanga,chaambakka,palm jaggery etc…
My research even taught me pazhamkanjiyil vitamin b12 undennu.,I haven't done scientific research…read many articles

Batsirai Musuka says:

11:42 There's always a loophole where someone is in the middle making a profit. It would be lovely to get unprocessed produce straight from source.

Sayan Debroy says:

The key lesson here is to go for local produce from your area or nearby regions. I am from India, and we have a rich variety of green vegetables, but somehow the urban rich wants to eat vegetables grown elsewhere like zucchini or kale because it is exotic. It's just crazy. Transporting everything, even food, from far away continents is adding to our global carbon footprint.

OctobersXO says:

Gullible idiots everywhere

Rosangela Ferreira says:

Facebook traduzir do Englees para o português

joe Joe says:

The problems are the influencers who try to get money and ruining the landscape. The people think it's healthy food .just like spiritual believers think there is a God they are fooled also . people always run after trends trying to be trendsetters hahahaha get a life you want live a day longer with your trend super foods, you steal the food from the locals you idiots

vaksehund2 .faith alone in jesus says:

The foods presented here are not super foods – and never were!

Mahi Mahi says:

We also cannot take the nutritional value of one plant and call it healthy. Chia seeds in puddings with sugar and other fatty ingredients won't help anyone. The nutritional value of an entire meal is important. In India, Lentil 'sambar' with rice, stirfried veggies or meat curry, and yogurt constitutes an entire well-balanced meal. You get all the requires proteins, healthy fats, carbs and fibre

Mahi Mahi says:

Ashamed to say I fell for the Superfood hype. But then I had to stay in a village for a while and ate the amazing local food the farmers prepared and realized that not only did I lose weight, but my stamina increases. I was satiated and could work for longer. I decided to buy local food cultivated by local farmers. I indulge in quinoa and such 'superfoods' but only as a treat and as a substitute for cheat day meals

ким ким says:

This documentary has London Grammar's "Strong" as soundtrack

Only music is used

Yushi Han says:

Humble food is super food! Don’t be fooled by the whole consumerism and nutritionism.

Drizzle says:

without quinoa farmers, quinoa wouldn't exist worldwide. these farmers should be wealthy just as the corporations that get their crops after months of hard labor from these humble farmers.

Aaron Brown says:

I think that eating the sufficient amount of foods that have the 13 essential vitamins and minerals is good enough.

Edwin Brace says:

All these foods have existed for thousands of years… Avocado was consumed way before people hyped it !

Practical climber says:

Organic food is also a hype.

Reality says:

Eating healthy is eating whole unprocessed foods with no added & addictive sugar highly fractionated veg oils or salt. (SOS free) You will be healthy, wont be hungry & will have a healthy weight.

Ira Teves says:

eat food (real food)
not too much
mostly plants

Ines Teixeira-Dias says:

The protein content of quinoa might not be as elevated as that in millet, but it's considered a 'superfood' because it's a complete protein, so contains all essential amino acids (whereas the same cannot be said for millet).

Dulgoon Bold says:

Thank you DW, this is One of the most important issue.

John M says:

i hate the shitty avocado hype. Its horribly unsustainable

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