Are Superfruits Really Heroes?

There is an old saying that apples may keep the doctor away, but the latest buzz claims that açai berries may keep the cancer at bay. Thanks to that health claim, among others such as improving heart health and slowing the aging process, exotic fruits like açai, goji berries, and pomegranates exploded in popularity last year. You'll continue to see them in the form of juices, teas, and even candy.

True, these superfruits are loaded with antioxidants, which protect cells from toxins or free radicals that are linked to aging and diseases like cancer. But it's not clear how beneficial they are, particularly when used in products like juice. "Drinking your fruit does not yield the same effects as eating it," says Keri Gans, R.D., a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. It's always better to eat whole fruit, which is packed with water, fiber, and other nutrients than drink the stripped down juice.

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