Mayo Clinic's 10 Superfoods

Super foods

Super foods

The following list was compiled by the Mayo Clinic highlighting 10 of the healthiest foods that everyone should (and can) include in their diets. Foods on the list had to meet 3 of 5 criteria:

- great source of fiber, minerals and other nutrients

- high in phytonutrients

- assists in reducing heart disease and other illnesses

- low caloric density

- readily available

I like the “readily available” criterion. I’m sick of hearing people whine about how difficult and expensive it is to eat healthy food. You can find these guys just about anywhere.

We should all be eating:

1. Almonds – for fiber, riboflavin, magnesium, iron and calcium (they actually have the most calcium of all nuts)

2. Apples – for pectin and vitamin C

3. Blueberries – for phytonutrients and a low-calorie source of fiber

4. Broccoli – for calcium, potassium, folate, fiber and phytonutrients

5. Red beans – for a low-calorie source of protein

6. Salmon – for omega-3 fatty acids

7. Spinach – for vitamins A, B and C as well as magnesium

8. Sweet potatoes – for a fat-free, low-calorie source of beta carotene

9. Vegetable juice – for an easy way to include vegetables in your diet (if you’re thinking V8, I don’t like this–watch out for sodium)

10. Wheat germ – for a concentrated source of niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin E, folate, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, iron and zinc

I love everything (except salmon) on this list. I also think that vegetable juice is a cop out if you run straight for V8. Pick something else that’s not loaded with sodium, please. Carrot juice is a good choice.

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