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Wednesday, April 06, 2005

The Super Foods

Ten Super Foods you should eat according to Nutrition Action Healthletter.

1. Cantaloupe -- A quarter of a delicious melon supplies almost as much vitamin A and C as most people need in an entire day.
2. Sweet Potatoes -- A nutritional All-Star - one of the best vegetables you can eat. They're loaded with carotenoids, vitamins C, potassium, and fiber. Mix in unsweetened applesauce or crushed pineapple for extra moisture and sweetness.
3. Fat-free (skim) or low fat milk (1%) -- Excellent source of calcium, vitamins, and protein with little or no artery-clogging fat and cholesterol. (soy milk can have just as many nutrients - if the company adds them.)
4. Kellogg's All Bran Original or Post 100% Bran -- A half-cup serving of bran cereal provides more than a third of the fiber you need for an entire day - to reduce the risk of constipation, diverticulosis, and heart disease.
5. Oranges -- Great tasting and rich in vitamin C, folic acid, and fiber.
6. Broccoli --Lots of vitamin C, carotenoids, and folic acid.
7. Whole grain bread -- It's higher in fiber and about a dozen vitamins and minerals than enriched white bread or wheat bread.
8. Watermelon -- Excellent source of vitamin C and carotenoids - and it tastes great! Perfect snack, dessert, or picnics.
9. Beans -- Inexpensive, low in fat, and rich in protein, iron, folic acid, and fiber. Choose garbanzo, pinto, black, Navy, kidney, or lentils. Eat them as a side dish or snack, in a torilla with salsa, or a in soup.
10. Spinach or Kale -- Loaded with vitamin C, carotenoids, calcium, and fiber. Steam'em and eat'em.


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