Five Superfoods You Should be Eating

Five Superfoods You Should be Eating

The term "superfoods" refers to certain types of food that have a much higher nutritional value than others do. While there is much arguing about the effects these alleged superfoods have, it is widely believed incorporating them in to your diet can help protect you against a variety of things including, heart disease and high cholesterol. It is easier than you might think to incorporate these superfoods in to your diet.

Blueberries
Nicknamed the ultimate super food, many nutrition experts recommend everyone should consider adding blueberries to their diet. It is thought that just 100-grams of blueberries contain the same amount of antioxidants as five different pieces of fruit and vegetables. Antioxidants have been linked to reducing a person's chance of heart disease, asthma, neurological problems and Alzheimer's. Recent studies completed in New York revealed that one person who ate blueberries on a daily basis had reduced signs of mental aging in comparison to someone who ate no blueberries at all. This tasty little fruit has also been linked to improving a person's skin. Blueberries contain polyphenols, which are thought to help reduce the signs of aging. You can add blueberries to anything from your breakfast pancakes to homemade muffins.

Wild Salmon
Eating wild salmon at least twice a week can help protect you against memory loss, arthritis and heart disease, according to researchers from the Ohio State University. Rich in Omega-3, eating salmon as part of a healthy diet is also meant to improve your memory and overall brain function. Not only is salmon low in saturated fat, it is high in protein making it a healthy alternative to other fish available. In fact, salmon is so healthy the US Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) is looking in to the possibilities of allowing genetically modified salmon on to the market. This is intended to reduce the cost of salmon, which is usually quite expensive, and give more people the opportunity to add this superfood to their diet.

Pumpkin Seeds
A member of the gourd family, the pumpkin has long had a reputation for being nutritious and tasty. However, it is not just the flesh that is good for you; pumpkin seeds are considered one of the ultimate superfood. Pumpkin seeds have a nutty flavor and a chewy texture, making them a popular snack on their own. It is thought that a 1-quarter cup of seeds contains more than the recommended daily requirement of iron, zinc and magnesium. As well as protecting men against prostrate problems, pumpkin seeds are regularly recommended to pregnant women who will benefit from the essential fatty acids. Pumpkin seeds are easily incorporated in to your diet by either adding to salad, mixing in with a casserole or simply scattering on the top of pie for added crunch.

Nuts
Nutrition experts from the Loma Linda University recently discovered that adding 2-ounces of pine nuts to a person's diet reduced their intake of excessive sodium, cholesterol and Trans fats. Eating nuts has also been linked to reducing a person's chances of suffering from inflammation of the joints. Walnuts are particularly good for you due to their high omega-3 content. This helps keep your heart healthy and reduces chances of Deep Vein Thrombosis. Nuts can be added to your morning muesli or cereal, added to muffins or bread or simply eaten on their own as a snack.

Tomatoes
Tomatoes contain something called Lycopene, which helps improve a person's immune system reducing their chances of catching common illnesses. It is also thought that one average size tomato provides a person with at least half their recommended daily amount of vitamin C. Cooking your tomatoes is the best way to get the most out of them, as this increases the concentration of Lycopene. Therefore, tomato paste, soups and even ketchup are making great additions to your healthy diet. One of the lesser known superfoods, the tomato is one of the only superfoods officially recognized by nutrition experts.

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