Super Foods. What are they and what makes them so super?

Something of a buzzword these days, Super Foods are loaded with nutritional value beyond that of other foods. With powerful benefits that range from helping you lose weight to acting as a cholesterol-lowering agent, if these foods aren’t a part of your daily diet, they should be. And don’t worry. Despite their awe-inspiring name, Super Foods are not rare, hard-to-find foods only available in exotic locales. They can actually be found on the shelves of your local neighborhood grocery market.

What is so great about Super Foods? What are some of the most popular Super Foods you should include in your diet? Are they all you need to eat?

The “Super” in Super Foods

Fun fact: Many people take daily medications to provide the same health benefits offered by Super Foods. Unlike medications, however, Super Foods have no negative side effects, are cheaper to buy, and taste good, too. In other words, your medicine doesn’t have to taste disgusting. It can taste like…well…food!

Super Foods get their name from the amazing health benefits they provide. Being low in calories yet high in vital nutrients and antioxidants, these foods are powerful enough to reduce your risk of certain cancers and heart disease, lower your cholesterol, improve your mood, reduce or reverse the effects of aging and type 2 diabetes, reduce and maintain your weight, and help you live longer.

What Makes the Cut?

Hungry for some Super Foods in your diet? It’s pretty easy. The next time you’re at the grocery store, stock up on the following Super Foods:

Blueberries. They may be small, but they are one of your best sources of antioxidants. Blueberries, and all other berries, are also loaded with fiber, phytoflavinoids, potassium, and vitamin C. Eating a half-cup of berries each day will lower your risk of cancer and heart disease and reduce inflammation. The darker the berry, the more antioxidants it contains.

Salmon. Wild salmon and other fatty, cold-water fish are high on the list of Super Foods because of their high amount of omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon is also full of protein and iron while being low in saturated fat. Eating fatty fish twice a week protects your heart, reduces symptoms of arthritis, and may prevent memory loss.

Nuts. Nuts earn their Super Foods reputation by being full of heart-healthy fats, fiber, protein, and antioxidants. Eating a handful of nuts each day helps lower your cholesterol and aids in weight loss. You can’t just go crazy on nuts, though, as they’re rather high in fat. Whether your prefer almonds, walnuts, pistachios, or pecans, enjoy some today as a snack or added to a salad.

Tea. Both black and green teas are extremely high in antioxidants. Green tea also contains an especially powerful antioxidant called ECGC. Drinking tea each day has been shown helpful in lowering cholesterol and reducing your risk of certain cancers.

Broccoli. A popular vegetable that looks like cute little trees, broccoli is an excellent source of vitamin A (beta-carotene). It is also high in vitamin C, vitamin K, and fiber. As fiber helps you feel full faster and therefore maintain a healthy weight, it’s no wonder broccoli is considered a Super Food.

Yogurt. Fat-free or low fat plain yogurt is high in calcium, protein, vitamin D, and potassium. For some added oomph, get yogurt enriched with probiotics or live active cultures, as this yogurt helps keep the bacteria in your digestive system in balance. If you like the fruity kind, make your own by adding some of the Super Foody Blueberries to your yogurt. You cannot go wrong with that combination.

Beans. It’s not just a joke. Beans really are good for your heart. The insoluble fiber in beans helps to lower cholesterol. But they’re not just good for your heart. Their soluble fiber fills you up and keeps you regular. Beans are also a great source of protein, magnesium, potassium, and carbohydrates. Eat them as a main dish in place of meat, or put them in soups or salads. Aim to eat three cups of beans a week.

Dark Chocolate. When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Packed with antioxidants, dark chocolate can help lower your cholesterol and improve your mood-all with a single bite. Look for the kind with more than 70 percent cocoa content.

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