Consumer Reports: Are superfoods really good for you?

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Many people are trying to eat healthier in the new year and are reaching for so-called superfoods. But Consumer Reports says: watch out! (WPVI)

Many people are trying to eat healthier in the new year. And they may be tempted to try some products being touted as power foods, superfoods, or even miracle cures.

But Consumer Reports says: watch out!

This is a buyer beware about the truth in what these foods can and can't do for your health. Consuming some of these products in excess might even have a downside.

You've seen the ads and heard the claims - foods, drinks and spices that can "promote weight loss, make you look younger" and have a host of "healing powers."

But Consumer Reports took a close look at some trendy foods to see if the claims are 'too good to be true,' and to separate hype from reality.

Take apple cider. Supposedly, if you drink it regularly, it lowers cholesterol, aids in weight loss and fights heartburn and bacteria.

"These claims are overblown. And in some cases overdoing it on apple cider vinegar has been shown to damage the esophagus," said Trisha Calvo, Health Editor at Consumer Reports.

Other foods that may be over-hyped?

Bone broth - otherwise known as stock - has been touted as a way to fight inflammation and make skin look younger.

Or the new "it" fat, Coconut oil - which claims to prevent Alzheimer's.

And how about turmeric - that vibrant yellow spice - is it powerful enough to destroy tumors?

Consumer Reports says more proof is needed.

"Anytime something is promoted as a miracle cure, watch out. Some of these foods do have health benefits but eating a lot of them all the time isn't going to give you superpowers," said Calvo.

Consumer Reports says there's a better way to a healthier diet in the New Year.

Eat whole grains, lots of fruits and vegetables, and lean proteins.

Also, keep eating that trendy kale as well as Brussels sprouts, broccoli and cabbage. They're all jam packed with nutrients.

Here are some claims that do hold up: Ginger has been found to be an effective remedy for nausea.

And for a headache, try drinking a tall glass of water before you reach for a pill.

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