While Gwyneth Paltrow was recently in the news for her "Conscious Uncoupling", aka her separation from hubby Chris Martin, longtime fans have followed the actress through her lifestyle website, goop. I am not a fan, longtime or otherwise, but was recently directed there by a friend who was on a 'cleansing detox.' Really, I should know better, having a degree in nutrition, but it just seemed so easy to eat and feel better and maybe, even lose weight, by 'detoxing'.
I thought my pantry was well-stocked, but apparently not-- all the trendy superfoods-- stevia, coconut nectar, quinoa (okay, I do have quinoa), kale and hemp hearts, listed in the recipes meant a shopping trip would have to happen before any cleansing or detoxing.
But I am cheap and my logical, skeptical, scientific side finally kicked in. Some of these ingredients are expensive ... more important, do they really work? Fortunately, we can get the lowdown from Jennifer Sygo, the nutrition columnist for National Post and a registered dietitian, to boot. (Please note that anyone can call themselves a 'nutritionist.') Jennifer has been writing about these superfoods in her columns and has just published a book, Unmasking Superfoods: The Truth & Hype about Acai, Quinoa, Chia, Blueberries and More.
|Unmasking Superfoods: ebook|
Join Jennifer at North York Central Library, on Thursday April 17, at 7 pm to learn which superfoods, if any, we should be picking up at the supermarket. Copies of her new book will be available for purchase and signing.