Every few months a health expert seems to uncover a "superfood" that they enthusiastically endorse as the greatest thing ever. Think back to a few years ago to quinoa. Mainstream media and big food companies fervently praised this perfectly fine seed (often confused for a grain). Quinoa is a healthy food, but before long manufacturers capitalized on the trend with quinoa chips and other quinoa-based products that were less than healthy. Inevitably, when this happens, a revolt occurs; a health blogger writes about quinoa’s anti-nutrients, a prominent doctor calls it overrated, and secretly millions of quinoa haters rejoice.
In the end, we all calm down and see quinoa (or whatever) for what it is: a perfectly healthy food or drink that fits into a well-designed diet and lifestyle plan. You’ve probably read similar hype about the following five foods and drinks. Along the way, they may have accrued a little too much hype and an inevitable backlash occurred. So here’s how to enjoy them without subscribing to the hyperbole: