Eat These All-Stars to Improve Your Health!
written by Gayle
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There has been a lot of talk of “Superfoods” for the last couple of years. The term is a bit confusing, since it seems to have been coined about 15 years ago to describe foods that have high nutritional benefit. Some dietitians do not like the label because of the confusion surrounding it.
However, the term “Superfood” is useful to denote foods that pack a punch of nutritional benefits in comparison to other foods. They are easy to find and can help us avoid some of the health hazards of modern eating. They are high in essential nutrients that our bodies have to get from the food we eat, since our bodies don’t produce them. They are whole foods–not processed–and so contribute to an overall healthy diet.
As I did some research on superfoods, I found that they can be grouped into some broad categories. These foods can be considered the All-Stars of your nutritional line up!
Brightly Colored Fruits and Vegetables
Oils and Fats, Including Fish and Eggs
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Nuts and Seeds
Beans and Grains
Yogurt and Kefir
Yogurt and kefir have probiotics (which encourage friendly bacteria in our digestive systems, as opposed to antibiotics, which kill all bacteria) which have been shown to be essential for health. Shown here with berries, superfoods themselves, yogurt and kefir pack a great health punch, providing protein as well. Steer clear of highly processed yogurts, which are very high in sugar, often as much as ice cream. Greek yogurt is a great choice since it has as much as twice the protein in other yogurts.
The Spicy Ones
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Turmeric, jalapeño and other peppers, cayenne pepper, curry, onions and garlic are all often included in lists of superfoods. They seem to increase circulation, which can aid in preventing blood clots. Turmeric is now often added to smoothies for an added boost of nutrition! (Ask for that addition in the Deli/Juice Bar at Lassen’s!)
And Last, but not Least… Chocolate!
Chocolate is loaded with flavonoids and flavonols, which can help fight high blood pressure, strokes, diabetes, and heart disease. Make sure to eat chocolate that is at least 70% cocoa for the maximum benefit.