Superfoods To The Rescue

Lately there seems to be much talk about called superfoods. Superfoods are foods that contain especially high levels of antioxidants or other nutrients. Some of the most well-known superfoods are

  • Blueberries - rich in antioxidants and phytoflavinoids
  • Green or black tea - also rich in antioxidants
  • Wheatgrass - made up of 70% chlorophyll and many other nutrients and antioxidants
  • Tomatoes - contain lycopene, thought to have antioxidant and cancer-preventing properties
  • Oats - seems to help lower cholesterol levels
  • Cacao (chocolate) - rich in many different nutrients
  • Flax seeds - omege-3 fatty acids

There are many other foods that fall into the "superfoods" category as well. For a lot more info on superfoods, check out this wikipedia page.
These foods are meant to be eaten as a way to prevent things like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and other sicknesses. They can also help bring you back to optimum health if you are sick. Many people use them as a Detox Cleanse. Additionally, none of the superfoods are processed. They are all in their natural, raw state. You never seem to see superfood chips or pizza!

Although some so-called health experts warn people that there is no such thing as superfoods, I disagree. My reasoning is that these days any anything that promotes the eating of fruits and vegetables is a good thing. We are constantly bombarded with advertisements for junk foods like burgers, pizza, and candy. When was the last time you saw a tv commercial for broccoli? Probably never. Some critics of superfoods seem to think people will try to live on blueberries and wheatgrass alone. This is doubtful. Of course the best diet in my opinion is a vegetarian healthy diet with lots of fruits and vegetables, with foods that fit into the "superfoods" label mixed in whenever possible as well. Juices are one of the best ways to get more fruits and vegetables into your diet. Check out these juicing recipes for some great ideas.

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