|The healthiest foods you’ve never tried|
In recent years, perhaps you’ve added salmon, edamame and pomegranates to your diet to increase your nutrient intake. Are you looking to include new healthy ingredients in your meals? Try some other so-called superfoods:
Berries are notoriously rich in antioxidants, which help fight cancer. The South American acai berry, which has gained popularity in juices and energy drinks, contains more antioxidants than certain berries including blueberries, strawberries and raspberries. It’s also high in fiber and contains good-for-you fats.
The food richest in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids is fish, but flaxseed is another good source—it’s high in fiber and is believed to help lower cholesterol. Ground flaxseed is simple to add to your diet by sprinkling it on yogurt or breakfast cereal.
If you’ve eaten a lot of South American cuisine, you’ve probably already tasted quinoa, a whole grain with texture similar to couscous. Whole grains are high in fiber, which may help lower your cholesterol levels, reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, keep your digestive tract running smoothly and lower the risk of colorectal cancer in certain populations. Quinoa is also gluten-free, making it OK for those with celiac disease.
Canned sardines may seem old-fashioned, but their health benefits compete with today’s trendiest foods. Sardines contain some of the highest levels of omega-3 fatty acids. And they’re naturally high in vitamin D and calcium, which are good for your bones. Mash them on toast or add them to a salad.
You may have seen attractive slices of star fruit on serving platters at catered events but weren’t sure if they were edible. Not only does the fruit slice into stars, it also boasts a refreshing flavor, is high in fiber and vitamin C and contains no fat. Ripen firm, yellow star fruit at room temperature until it emits a pleasant aroma. Slice and serve.
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