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How super are "superfoods"?

September 01, 2020

Science has found certain foods pack more of a nutritional punch than others. But where do they fit in your daily diet?

You no doubt have heard about so-called superfoods. These are certain fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds touted for their superior health benefits. Compared with other foods, they have higher amounts of certain vitamins and minerals and powerful antioxidants. They often are associated with combating high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer.

The standard superfoods list includes berries (especially blueberries), fatty fish, spinach, nuts (like walnuts), olive oil, cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, brussels sprouts), and legumes. Over the years, other foods have been added, such as yogurt, whole grains, spices like turmeric and cinnamon, avocados, and chia seeds.

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