Fruits and vegetables are great for your health and even better for slimming down your waistline. But, some fresh foods are more beneficial than others. Superfoods have a higher ratio of vitamins, minerals and disease-fighting nutrients. Foods that have been praised as superfoods are rich in antioxidants including beta-carotene, vitamins A, C, E and omega-3 fatty acids. Antioxidants help protect you against the negative effects of free radicals, which are chemicals known to cause cell damage.
Superfoods may also help reduce the risk of the build up of fatty plaque in the artery walls. Most commonly touted superfoods include blueberries, kale, green tea, broccoli, goji berries, oily fish such as salmon, dark chocolate, and pomegranates, among others. Remember, that these foods provide limited benefit when added on top of a poor diet. Many people in the United States don’t get enough potassium, fiber and iron found in fruits and vegetables. Find them in the organic aisle and consume them raw in order to achieve the greatest nutritional benefit. Add these wholesome choices to your balanced diet to pack an extra nutritional kick to your meals!