It seems that lately a certain leafy green has taken the population by storm and become an icon of Marin county culture. And who are the perpetuating trend setters?
What elevated this episode above another ho-hum day on theOprah show, though, was its introduction of a breakthrough fruit. Oz to file suit against over 40 companies. Nobody is positive how superfoods entered the American consciousness. Some believe it was TV ratings; others say doctors discovered miracle berries in the Himalayan mountains.
In any case, tracking the genesis leads through a long history of snake oils, drug trade, marketing strategies, and leaves almost no corner of the world untouched.
Ovaltine was marketed as a nerve-strengthener in the s, a sleep aid in the Great Depression, and an energizer in the fifties.
Namely, blueberries were advertised for their high levels of antioxidants. These were followed in the late s by kale and seaweed and super fruits. The great chief wept. There to his surprise he saw thin finger like branches covered in dark purple and black berries.
He immediately ordered that the fruits be brought down from the top of the tree. They pulled the black pearls of fruit from each fingerling of a branch and mashed the berries into a deep rich purple porridge.
They found the berry porridge to be palatable and sustaining. More berries were found and the tribe was saved from malnourishment and death.
Exotic lore ensconces the function food industry: Jake Gyllenhal lived only on kale when losing 30 pounds for Nightcrawler. While it is true that goji berries can help improve brain functionquinoa helps prevent disease and kale can help you lose weightthe idea of superior-superness is meaningless.
Experts pretty much agree that you can get the same health benefits from randomly shopping in the produce aisle. Colorado-based Ancient Harvest claims to be the first brand to bring quinoa to the United States in the s.
On the flipside, the trend has had a major, unintended benefit: As quinoa production has surged over the past few years, coca leaf production has conspicuously dipped to its lowest rate since the UN estimates about 23, hectares.
By comparison, the Bolivian government hopes to ramp quinoa production up to 1 million hectares. Cocoa beans have started to catch up to cocaine production in Peru, CNN reported in According to statistics from in the UN World Drug Report, hectares of cocaine bush could potentially produce metric tons of coke as of Extrapolating this, one hectare can yield.
According to statistics from the Queensland Department of Agriculturea hectare of mangosteen yields between and 28,kg of fruit per year, or an average of 18, kg. This rough study cites mangosteen as approx 4 ounces, or If one mangosteen weighs.
But it does speak to the addictive power of rarified and ancient mystique. Unfortunately for mangosteen, though, groves take years to mature, and coke is not a fad food.
And amped up superfood production has other drawbacks. Quinoa monocropping and less agricultural variety is not sustainable. While staple crop quinoa becomes more expensive, Bolivians and Peruvians will need to rely more on fast food.
As ofasparagus was draining Peruvian wells at a terrifying rate. Even still, they dominated the domestic blueberry also a superfood. The settlements list is highly entertaining. Superfoods may keep booming, just, quietly.Kale’s rise to stardom was meteoric.
Before, it was a “nobody” in the vegetable section, and its name was almost always uttered with apparent apprehension.
However as soon it appeared in the raw, a star was born. The Rise of Artificial Sweeteners The popularity of artificial sweeteners took off during the '60s. Diet Pepsi was introduced in , and Sweet'N Low gave everyday sugar a run for its money.
The rise of the fad diet, as well as the sharp increase in popularity of veganism and vegetarianism. 'Hair thinning' is a gradual reduction in volume There are two types of hair loss, according to Kingsley. Fad vs Fact: Kale.
October 19th / Anna Hunter / 1 comment Getty Images. Kale is on a quest for world domination, but is the leafy green all it’s cracked up to be? We’ve done some digging. Australia's biggest kale growers says its popularity is off the charts.
The Corrigans are among the biggest growers of kale in the country, supplying both the major supermarkets. Brian Peixoto, sales manager Lakeside Organic Gardens, Watsonville, credited the juicing fad for much of the spike in kale demand.
"We can sell as much kale as we can possibly harvest," he said.