Ultimate Super Foods

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yogurtThe latest national craze about food these days is the ultimate "super foods". Celebrities namely Dr. Oz and Oprah Winfrey like these super foods. Super foods are those which are claimed to make you magically thin. In fact no such food exists in reality. Super foods are basically the ones that offer high nutritional value in very small quantities. If you are really looking forward to improve your health, you must not only concentrate on one or two foods but you must pick a variety of foods that have similar values to make up for a healthy diet.

Acai

According to Dr. Nicholas Perricone, a famous dermatologist and writer, acai is the most popular super food in the entire world.


The acai berry is obtained from the acai palm trees that grow in Central and South America. Natives have eaten this delicious fruit for generations now. The acai berry comes from the family of the blueberry, cranberry and other similar dark purple fruits which offer a powerful antioxidant punch. The antioxidant activity is known for preventing disease, like heart disease and cancer, which is caused by oxidative stress.


Acai pulp contains more antioxidant content as compared to blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries or cranberries, but no definitive studies have proven that acai prevents heart disease or cancer. Despite of the lack of such definitive studies, the acai is certainly a healthy addition to any diet.

Cod Liver Oil

Cod liver oil is known to have several health benefits. Research on cod liver oil that has been carried out from 1918 through 2001 has verified the advantages of the golden oil along with its essential nutrients. Cod liver oil is not found in sufficient amounts in the modern diet. Several diseases are cured well because of cod liver oil. However, pregnant women must check with their doctor before they include cod liver oil in their diet.

Yogurt

Low-fat plain yogurt is an extremely good source of calcium and also consists of several other nutrients like potassium and protein. If you want to obtain a healthy balance of bacteria in the digestive tract, you should add good-for-you substances namely probiotics to your diet.  Yogurt can be easily digested by those who are intolerant to lactose and it is also a healthy substitute for sour cream. A single cup of low-fat yogurt offers more calcium as compared to a cup of fat-free milk.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are rich in betacarotene, which is an antioxidant that helps fight aging. People who like potatoes must prefer eating sweet potatoes as they are are the healthiest choice after red potatoes. If you do not like to eat mashed sweet potatoes, you can try roasting them with herbs and onions. Fresh rosemary can also be added, if needed.


The nutritionists at the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) say that sweet potatoes are the most nutritious of all vegetables. Sweet potatoes are 100 points ahead of the next food on the list.


 


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