Healthy Eating: Superfoods

I am on the email list for several magazines, one of which is Fitness Magazine.  The other day, I received an email with a link to an article discussing “Top 10 Superfoods for Women.”  I was intrigued by the title, so I clicked on the link.  I read the article and decided to share the magazine’s list.  Have you had any encounters with any of the “superfoods” on the list?  Please share your thoughts.

1. The “Skinny” Steak – Red meat.  “A recent report from the Union of Concerned Scientists shows that meat from grass-fed cows usually has more conjugated linoleic acid (which has been shown in animal studies to combat cancer) and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids than the grain-fed variety. Plus, meat from grass-fed cows is lower in total fat and calories.”

2. The “It” Spice – Curry.  “Our research revealed that this ingredient may help prevent a variety of diseases, including multiple myeloma, lymphoma, and breast, ovarian, and pancreatic cancers,” says Bharat Aggarwal, PhD, a professor of cancer medicine at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

3. The Next Nut – Pistachios.  “New research from the University of Toronto shows that they may reduce the risk of diabetes by decreasing the effect of carbs on blood sugar levels.”

4. The Java Junkie’s Dream – Coffee.  “Experts on an American Society for Nutrition panel recently concluded that drinking three to five eight-ounce cups [of coffee] a day lowers your risk of Type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, and colon and liver cancers.”

5. The Heart-Smart Whole Grain – Whole-grain oatmeal.  According to the article, “The fiber in oatmeal forms a gel that slows down your body’s absorption of cholesterol.”

6. The Fit Fish – Shrimp.  “Shrimp is about 90 calories per three-ounce serving, it has virtually no fat, and it’s packed with protein, making it the ultimate diet food,” says Ellie Krieger, RD.

7. The Cancer Fighter – Brussel Sprouts.  “The smell is a compound called allyl isothiocyanate that causes precancerous cells to self-destruct.  It’s entirely possible that eating them every few weeks could help greatly reduce the incidence of colon cancer.”

8. The Sweet Surprise – Dark Chocolate.  According to Fitness Magazine, “Enjoying a small amount of flavonoid-filled dark chocolate may prevent clogged arteries and reduce your risk of developing heart disease.”

9. The Red Wonder – Tart Cherries.  “A new animal study from University of Michigan shows that consuming a powdered version of tart cherries can lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels, as well as decrease the body’s ability to store fat in the liver.”

10. The Trendy Tomato – Orange Tomatoes.  “Red tomatoes are full of lycopene, a substance that helps lower your risk of cancer, heart disease, and macular degeneration. But orange tomatoes offer two and a half times more. Apparently, they contain a form that the body can more easily absorb.”

What do you think about this list of “superfoods?”  I am going to take this list to my appointment with the registered dietitian to see what she has to say.  Should be an interesting discussion.  I want the article to be wrong about number seven (Yuck!) and correct about number eight (Mmmm!).  Stay encouraged.