"We're always looking for a quick fix, miracle ingredient or drug to cure our issues and make us healthier," says Isabel Smith, MS, RD, CDN and Founder of Isabel Smith Nutrition
. "When we find something that sounds almost too crazy to be true, we assume it's the next miracle worker and hop on board." But not so fast, she says. "It's always important to understand fully what we're putting into our bodies before we do so."
Find out if these hot health trends (and often hefty price tags) can live up to their claims.
1. Astrologically Farmed Eggs
Yes, this is a thing, thanks to London's uber cool Hemsley sisters
. It's the next step in biodynamic farming, where crops are planted based on the phase of the moon -- and on 100 percent ethical, self-sufficient land. Think organic -- x 100. For eggs, farmers use a moon almanac
to birth healthier chickens, which supposedly lay super delicious eggs. But is all the extra hands-on attention worth it (and the extra 15 cents per egg)?
"Not using hormones or antibiotics in the process of growing chickens is definitely beneficial, but it may not differ from other organic methods," says Smith. "No research really exists on this." While Smith notes that eggs are a good source of protein and nutrients like lutein, which may prevent age-related macular degeneration, you don't have to pay the astronomical price for these star-crossed eggs.
2. Blue Majik
isn't the only trendy blue food. Blue Majik
is making its debut in everything from protein shakes
to juice (like Juice Generation's $10 "