Health Drinks
by: Dr. Cornelius Stephens

The market is currently being flooded with a wave of health drinks containing “super fruits”; Acai, Jujube, Mangosteen, Noni, Goji and Ningxia are a few examples of the “super fruits”showing up in a number of health drinks. These fruits are called “super fruits” because of the reported high content of vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, good fats, protein and the antioxidants polyphenols and anthocyanins they contain. This high concentration of nutrients is reported to be the reason these super fruits have such a powerful impact on a number our health complaints including Gout and Diabetes.

These "super fruits" are being imported from all parts of the world including South America and China. There are questions that concern me about the countries these fruits are imported from. Are there any regulations in place or enforced to prevent the use of pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers and polluted water? Are there any human rights regulations in place that will protect the workers who harvest these fruits? Is child labor being used to harvest these fruits? These regulations must be put in place and enforced by the countries that send these fruits to this country. The importers of these fruits into this country must insist upon these regulations. The FDA must demand the institution of these regulations from the countries of origin. It must do a better job of inspecting these imported food products before they are released for consumption. The FDA must put a halt to all imported fruits, vegetables, seafood and all animal products imported from countries without any of the above-mentioned regulations in place and enforced.

These “super fruits” certainly appear to have the potential to improve the health of many people in this country. Along with that, they also have the potential to contaminate the health of many people in this country. We as consumers are not powerless. All we have to do is to refuse to buy any of these imported food products that do not meet our standards regardless of all of the miraculous claims made about them.