Superfoods hardly healthy? Öko-Test finds harmful substances in almost all products

Superfoods hardly healthy? Öko-Test finds harmful substances in almost all products

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Everyone is talking about superfoods. The exotic foods are particularly rich in valuable ingredients and vitamins. They keep us healthy, fit and strengthen our immune system. The consumer magazine “Öko-Test” took a close look at 22 of these products - and came to a sobering conclusion. Accordingly, more than two thirds of the samples failed, and two organic brands were even classified as “not marketable”.

Superfoods are becoming increasingly popular
Whether chia seeds, carob, goji or açaí berries: superfoods should not only have a positive effect on our figure and mood, but also be particularly good for health. For example, chia seeds are said to lower blood sugar and minimize the risk of stroke or heart attack. Hemp seeds are recommended against fatigue and fatigue, the green tea powder Matcha is known for its large amount of antioxidants, important vitamins and minerals. But are the powders, seeds or extracts actually as healthy as the consumer suggests? The consumer magazine “Öko-Test” took a closer look at the superfoods and came to a disappointing result.

Many products are heavily contaminated
According to a recent announcement, the magazine's experts tested a total of 22 products, including acai, spirulina, barley grass and wheatgrass powder from organic shops, health food stores, supermarkets and discounters. It was shown that two thirds of the samples were contaminated to such an extent that they failed with "insufficient" or "insufficient". According to the report, two organic brands even turned out to be “not marketable”.

Chia seeds contain highly toxic pesticides
The testers found a large number of substances that could pose a massive health risk to consumers. In a sample of the “Dragon Superfoods Goji Berries”, for example, they were able to detect 16 different pesticide residues - a clear indication that conventionally produced goji berries should still be used with caution. However, even with organic products, the experts unfortunately could not avoid pesticides because the chia seeds from Alnatura and Basic both exceeded the legal maximum residue levels. According to the magazine, the basic chia seeds reached values ​​that were still too high even after deducting the measurement uncertainty, which is why the sample had to be classified as “not marketable”. The reasons for the exceedances were the weed killers Diquat and Paraquat - substances that are considered highly toxic.

Too much cadmium and insect repellent in the cocoa
On the one hand, the "organic raw cocoa powder" of the "Feinstoff" brand contained more than the maximum permitted amount of the chemical insect repellent diethyltoluamide (DEET). In addition, the cocoa contained far too much cadmium, which can damage the kidneys and is suspected of cancer. The powder contained so much of the substance that the recommended daily maximum is already taken in with a tablespoon, the message goes on. Two aspects that led the testers to classify this product as not being marketable.

Eight samples loaded with aromatic mineral oils
According to the analysis, a spirulina powder contained too much lead, which can have a damaging effect on the central nervous system, heart, circulation and kidneys. Except for five samples, the testers also found mineral oil hydrocarbons in all tested products, which were primarily saturated mineral oils (MOSH), which can accumulate in body fat and some organs. Eight samples were additionally contaminated with aromatic mineral oils (MOAH), some of which are considered carcinogenic. (No)

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