Reality check: there is no such thing as a miracle food

Nutr Cancer. 2013;65(2):165-8. doi: 10.1080/01635581.2013.748921.


A recent episode of the Dr. Oz Show suggested endive, red onion, and sea bass as foods that can decrease the risk of ovarian cancer by up to 75%. However, the scientific evidence supporting these recommendations is limited. This commentary discusses some of the concerns related to the promotion of "miracle foods" by the media. Nutritional scientists and epidemiologists should be cognizant of the public health messages that are taken from their individual studies and not sensationalize the findings of a single study.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Anticarcinogenic Agents / pharmacology
  • Female
  • Flavonoids / pharmacology
  • Food*
  • Health Promotion*
  • Humans
  • Kaempferols / pharmacology
  • Mass Media*
  • Neoplasms / prevention & control*
  • Onions / chemistry
  • Ovarian Neoplasms / prevention & control
  • Public Health


  • Anticarcinogenic Agents
  • Flavonoids
  • Kaempferols