“Pomegranate juice is excellent," Fernstrom says. "It’s a dark juice that’s filled with antioxidants, but very high in calories. The Pom people did something very smart by diluting it with tea.” Again, it’s not particularly health-promoting, but it’s a tasty beverage for less calories. Buzz words catch your attention, but may not necessarily help your health.
Nature’s Path Cereal
Do the addition of blueberries, Kamut grain and omega-3s make this cereal better than others? “The important thing is to read the labels and find the buzz words and see how much of it is there,” says Fernstrom. With Kamut or not, you’ll reap the benefits of whole grains in any cereal. All three components are great for you, but you shouldn't turn to cereal as your primary source of antioxidants or omega-3s.
Shampoo With Acai
“Herbal Essences shampoo has the same ingredients as any other shampoo," Fernstrom points out. "The sixth ingredient is a fruit extract that will contain some acai. How much is there? Does it even matter if it’s in there?” We’re wary of the idea that a hint of fruit extract will help keep the color in your hair, but hey, if you like the scent, go for it.
Organic Antioxidant Serum
“There’s nothing positive or toxic about [Juice Beauty's Antioxidant Serum], but it does sound good," says Fernstrom. "It’s certainly not going to hurt, but is it going to help [against anti-aging]?” If you're looking for antioxidants, get it in fruits and veggies. A healthy diet is what really helps your skin. Unless you don’t mind spending $45 on a 2 ounce bottle that could or could not help, the best anti-aging tip is slathering on sunscreen and having fresh berries.