December 2010 Issue

Power Up with Hidden “Superfoods”

Acai berries, mangosteen, and macqui berries—they’ve all been deemed "superfoods" because of their high antioxidant status. Even mainstream fruits like blueberries have joined the "superfoods" club, thanks to research proving their health benefits. But you don’t have to focus solely on high profile—and often expensive—fruits to promote optimal health. "It’s far too easy for people intrigued by the idea of ‘superfoods’ to choose these often, in lieu of other foods that can be in the same category," says Elisa Zied, M.S., R.D., author of "Nutrition At Your Fingertips." In fact, many of the most nutritious, health-protective foods are quietly lurking in the bottom of your refrigerator drawer or in the back of your pantry. These unlikely "superfoods" can be mixed into your favorite dishes, and every extra sprinkle or handful increases the nutritional power of your diet.

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