They’re called “superfoods.” Are you eating them?
They are rich in nutrients and offer serious health benefits. Superfoods are supposed to be the healthiest items that you can eat. Here’s a list of the top ten healthiest foods as compiled by Fitness Magazine.
Lemons: Just one lemon has more than 100 percent of your daily intake of vitamin C, which may help increase “good” HDL cholesterol levels and strengthen bones.
Broccoli: One medium stalk of broccoli contains more than 100 percent of your daily vitamin K requirement and almost 200 percent of your recommended daily dose of vitamin C.
Potatoes: One red potato contains 66 micrograms of cell-building folate — about the same amount found in one cup of spinach or broccoli.
Salmon: A great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been linked to a reduced risk of depression, heart disease and cancer.
Walnuts: Contain the most omega-3 fatty acids of all the nuts and may help reduce cholesterol.
Garlic: A powerful disease fighter, garlic can inhibit the growth of bacteria, including E. coli.
Spinach: Spinach contains lutein and zeaxanthin, two immune-boosting antioxidants important for eye health.
Beans: Eating a serving of legumes (beans, peas, and lentils) four times a week can lower your risk of heart disease by 22 percent.
So you’ve got a list of superfoods; now what?
“Try them. See which ones you like and start incorporating them into your diet,” suggests Andrew Worthy, YMCA of Greater Houston Healthy Living Specialist. Worthy, a registered and licensed dietician, says that after a while, you’ll start to notice that you feel better.
“Moderation is the key,” Worthy advises. “Don’t think of it as a diet. Instead, consider these foods as part of a lifestyle change and do what works best for you.”
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