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— 11 Best Foods You Aren't Eating

Cherries are rich in anti-oxidants

The 11 Best Foods
You Aren't Eating...

1.  Beets:
Think of beets as red spinach because they are a rich source of folate as well as natural red pigments that may be cancer-fighters.

How to eat: Fresh, raw and grated to make a salad. Heating decreases the antioxidant power.

2. Cabbage:
Loaded with nutrients like sulforaphane, a chemical said to boost cancer-fighting enzymes.

How to eat: Asian-style slaw or as a crunchy topping on burgers and sandwiches.

3. Swiss Chard:
A leafy green vegetable packed with carotenoids that protect aging eyes.

How to eat: Chop and saute in olive oil.

Swiss Chard and Spinach - sauteed with lemon -- another healthy vitamin-packed food and a rich source of iron and calcium.

4. Cinnamon:
May help control blood sugar and cholesterol.

How to eat: Sprinkle on coffee or oatmeal.

5. Pomegranate Juice:
Appears to lower blood pressure and loaded with antioxidants.

How to eat: Just drink it.

6. Dried Plums:
Okay, so they are really prunes, but they are packed with antioxidants.

How to eat: Wrapped in prosciutto and baked.

7. Pumpkin Seeds:
The most nutritious part of the pumpkin and packed with magnesium; high levels of the mineral are associated with lower risk for early death.

How to eat: Roasted as a snack, or sprinkled on salad.

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Fish, especially oily-fish high in omega 3's like Sardines, contain virtually no mercury and are loaded with calcium and contain iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese and a full complement of B vitamins

 

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Sardines - "Health food in a can"

8. Sardines:
Dr. Bowden calls them "health food in a can." They are high in omega 3's, contain virtually no mercury and are loaded with calcium. They also contain iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper and manganese as well as a full complement of B vitamins.

How to eat: Choose sardines in olive or sardine oil. Eat plain, mixed with salad, on toast, or mashed with dijon mustard and onions as a spread.

 9. Turmeric:
The "superstar of spices," it may have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.

How to eat: Mix with scrambled eggs or in any vegetable dish.

10. Frozen Blueberries:
Even though freezing can degrade some of the nutrients in fruits and vegetables, frozen blueberries are available year-round and don't spoil; associated with better memory in animal studies.

How to eat: Blended with yogurt or chocolate soy milk and sprinkled with crushed almonds.

Strawberries provide an excellent source of Vitamin C and flavonoids

11. Canned Pumpkin:
A low-calorie vegetable that is high in fibre and immune-stimulating vitamin A; fills you up up on very few calories.

How to eat: Mix with a little butter, cinnamon and nutmeg.

 

Source: New York Times on Nutritionist Jonny Bowden, author of "The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth"



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