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Top 5 "Forgotten" SuperFoods (One)

You may have read about “Superfoods”. Wikipedia defines “Superfood” as a term used to describe nutrient dense foods that are believed to provide health benefits. For example, blueberries have been categorized as a superfood because of health benefits they provide from the health promoting properties they contain: antioxidants, anthocyanins, vitamin C, manganese, and dietary fiber. Typically superfoods fall into a few food groups: fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds and omega-3 fats.
My list of foods fall into these food groups but are not typically considered “Superfood” or encouraged to eat because of the fat content. Yet, by definition they should not be forgotten and because of the health benefits they should be included in your diet as part of a balanced healthy nutrition plan.
1. Hass Avocado, a fruit also known as “alligator pear” because of its dark coarse skin, tops the list because of its health benefits:
Heart health including raising HDL, lowering total cholesterol and LDL, lowering blood pressure and stroke and producing healthy red blood cells. The nutrients responsible for this include monounsaturated fat, folate (good for pregnant women) and potassium
Cancer Prevention (mouth, breast and prodtate)inhibiting cancer cell growth without causing harm to normal cells monounsaturated fat (oleic acid), carotenoids (zeaxanthin, alpha-carotene and beta-carotene), tocopherols (Vitamin E) lutein
Bet you can’t wait to find out what the others are, stay tuned I think your gonna be surprised.
If you want to read more about the health benefits of avocados you may be interested in these sites:
www.webmd.com/diet/features/avocado-advantage
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=5

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Valerie Goldstein

Valerie raises the bar for health and nutrition know how with unconventional expertise and unconditional support for wellness.

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