This year at the Book Expo of America, North Atlantic Books will be hosting a challenging game of Two Truths and A Lie. Get some practice in on NAB Communities and test how well you know your superfoods!
Superfoods are nutritionally dense foods that are now widely available and provide immense healing potential. Can you identify the nutrition myth in each set of statements below? Highlight the space under each set to discover the answer.
1 â€“ ALOE VERA
a.)Â Â Aloe vera is crucial to any weight loss and fitness program. When you ingest aloe, you can lose weight and also gain lean muscle mass.
b.)Â Rumor has it that Cleopatraâ€™s beautiful skin can be attributed to her application of aloe vera to her skin.
c.)Â If exposed, aloe vera can severely worsen athleteâ€™s foot and foot fungus.
ANSWER: CÂ Most forms of foot fungus can actually be cured or greatly alleviated by soaking the feet in a bucket of blended aloe vera gel and spring water for several hours a day for 6 weeks.
2 â€“ GOJI BERRIES
a.)Â Â Goji berries can help improve your sex drive.
b.)Â Dried goji berries are a rich source of Vitamin-C
c.)Â Wild fresh goji berries contain a large amount of hydrogen and therefore help hydrate the body.
ANSWER: B Contrary to all internet marketing claims, there is no scientific evidence that goji berriesâ€”fresh or dryâ€”contain any significant amounts of Vitamin-C
3 â€“ SPIRULINA
a.)Â Â Spirulina contains the highest concentration of protein of any food knownâ€”yielding 200 times more protein per acre than beef!
b.)Â If taken in excess, spirulina can cause excessive hair growth in men and women as a side effect.
c.)Â Â Spirulina contains beta-carotene which are known to increase life span and boost immunity.
ANSWER: B If taken in excess, spirulina will NOT cause excessive hair growth. As with any other superfood, excess amounts will pass through the system.