What Are Superfoods?
What are superfoods and why should you care? Superfoods are foods that actually encourage excellent health. They are good for your skin, eyes, bones, heart and blood cells.
They are a group of foods which contain high levels of micronutrients and phytonutrients. Micronutrients include vitamins and minerals. Phytonutrients are other compounds found in plants that provide health benefits.
Among other characteristics, phytonutrients include essential sugars that assist our cells in communicating. Many also have anti-inflammatory properties.
Most people are familiar with carotenoids. These are the pigments from red and yellow vegetables and fruits such as carrots, pumpkin, tomatoes, apricots and sweet potatoes. They include antioxidants that protect us from cancer and help defend against problems of aging.
Polyphenols are also antioxidants, and have anti-inflammatory properties. These are found in berries, tea and nuts.
Phytoestrogens help to fight hormone-related cancers such as breast and prostate cancers. These foods include grains, seeds, soy foods and some fruits and vegetables, all of which are foods that lower cholesterol.
Our bodies were created with the intent of eating whole foods. When we eat whole foods we are receiving a broad range of nutrients.
For instance, when you eat an orange, you are getting far more than just vitamin C. An orange contains many vitamins, minerals and amino acids. If we as a society were to concentrate on eating only whole foods, we would be much healthier and have fewer medical problems.
So, what are whole foods? Whole foods are foods that have not been processed or only have a small amount of processing so that no (or minimal) nutrients are lost.
Tomatoes are a great example. While canned tomatoes are processed, there are actually nutritional properties that are released through the heating process making them into a superfood.
Make A Point Of Including Superfoods
In Your Diet
Superfoods are foods that carry an incredible amount of nutrition and most contain the soluble fiber that is so important to lowering cholesterol. They will improve your quality of life, help you to feel better overall, and most will help to lower your cholesterol.
All of these are easily purchased. You don't need to make an extra stop at the health food store to obtain them. They are readily available at grocery stores and many of them are in your refrigerator, pantry or freezer right now. You can prepare them easily or include them in your gourmet dinners.
Adding powerful foods like this to your diet is actually quite easy. You simply need to change the way you think about food. Rather than grabbing that package of chips, seize a handful of almonds. Throw a handful of blueberries into your yogurt smoothie in the morning. At Lunch, drink brewed tea, (iced or hot) instead of a soda.
The fourteen superfoods are listed below. Use this as a list of cholesterol lowering foods.
Beans - Dry beans are high in protein and they are very low cost.
Blueberries - This is your number 1 superfood for their packed punch of disease fighting antioxidants - more than any other fruit or vegetable.
Broccoli - Broccoli is high in iron and fiber and is known for fighting against the formation of cancer cells.
Oats - Oatmeal is known for actually lowering cholesterol.
Oranges - Eat oranges to lower your LDL and raise your HDL cholesterol levels.
Pumpkin - Pumpkin is no longer just for Thanksgiving pie. It is loaded with vitamins and mineral we need.
Salmon - Salmon is very high in Omega 3 fatty acids
Soy - Soy is a plant rich in vitamins, minerals and protein.
Spinach - This is a nutritionally rich food that you can throw into many different foods. You should have almost daily.
Tea - Rather than soda, choose to enjoy a cup of tea, hot or iced for a no calorie drink that is full of flavonoids.
Tomatoes - Tomatoes are high in nutrition, but are actually healthier canned than fresh!
Turkey - A skinless breast is heart-healthy and lowers the risk of cancer.
Walnuts - Although nuts are high in fat, you only need a handful 5 times a week. The fat in walnuts is a beneficial fat.
Yogurt - Two cups a day can provide many health benefits, such as helping to prevent cancer, hypertension, ulcers and reduce cholesterol levels.
These are just the main categories. Each one has many similar foods related to it which are also loaded with nutrition.
Eating superfoods will lower your cholesterol. You will be amazed at how much better you feel once they become a regular part of your diet.
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