A very interesting article that examines six foods that are vying to become the newest "superfoods."
1) Jicama Cuts Cancer Risk And Keeps You Looking Young
"This tasty root vegetable (also known as the water chestnut or Mexican Yam) is a good source of a prebiotic called inulin, a belly-flattening fiber that helps raise levels of friendly bacteria in the gut and may reduce risk for colon cancer."
2) Chia Seeds Reduce Triglycerides and Blood Sugar
"An ancient healing food whose name is derived from the Mayan word for 'strength,' these super-seeds have similar benefits to flax seeds, including heart-protective Omega fatty acids, fiber, antioxidants, and protein."
3) Tart Cherries: Ultimate Antioxidant and Natural Painkiller
"This tangy fruit may be the ultimate antioxidant, as well as a natural painkiller, with a 2012 study reporting that it has 'the highest anti-inflammatory content of any food.'”
4) Chocolate Wards Off Belly Fat and Obesity
"While this may sound too good to be true, chocolate is high in flavonoids—especially catechins—which have many health perks. Chocolate also has important antioxidant, antithrombotic, anti-inflammatory and antihypertensive effects and can help prevent ischemic heart disease, but a small square or two a day of dark chocolate is all you need."
5) Wild Blueberries Fight Heart Disease and Diabetes
"The researchers found that eating two cups of wild blueberries regularly can improve or prevent metabolic syndrome, which is characterized by high triglycerides, low levels of HDL (good) cholesterol, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and a large waistline. Factors which double your risk for heart attack and quintuple it for type 2 diabetes."
6) Tree Nuts May Help Prevent Deadly Cancer
"Women who eat one ounce of tree nuts—including almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, macadamias, pistachios, walnuts, and hazelnuts—two or more times a week have a significantly lower risk for pancreatic cancer, according to a new study published in British Journal of Cancer."
So which one of these soon-to-be "superfoods" are you interested in adding to your nutrition plan?
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