What is on your list of superfoods?

food - healthy food
@polachicago (19143)
United States
February 22, 2008 7:54pm CST
Can you name at least 5 beneficial foods? Imagine a superfood powerful enough to help you lower your cholesterol, reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer, and for an added bonus, put you in a better mood. These life-altering superfoods are available right now in your local supermarket. Can you easy find superfoods in local market?
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@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
23 Feb 08
Well instead of regular munchie foods like potato chips or popcorn (though do sometimes get the popcorn..hehe) I buy one of those granola type cereals with almonds and raisins...love to eat it as a munchie snack...since it has oatmeal in it I know that's good for you in lower cholesterol. I just love celery in just about anything like add chopped up celery in my tuna or egg salad...also had made cream of celery soup out of it. I also stock up on the onions and garlic as I know they are beneficial too. Love to add beans (like kidney, pinto) to homemade soups. When I make chicken soup I love adding barley to it..barley is beneficial as well...think it has a lot of iron??? And even though it's winter time and most people don't think of making salads I do and prefer Romaine lettuce rather than iceburg--in fact had a salad dinner tonight. I love buying tomatoes, green peppers, mushrooms.. as far as fruits...cantaulope, grapes, cherries, bananas...oh, nuts...now I'm hungry....hehe..I shouldn't talk about food now should I...LOL--think I'll get up and go get some of that granola cereal
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
23 Feb 08
Barley has a lot of fiber and selenium and copper. Nuts are on my list alone with mushrooms, berries, oranges, tea and dark chocolate(!) My list is much longer containing a lots of veggie,fruits, Asian mushrooms (seperate story)and all kind of tea.
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@lilaclady (28270)
• Australia
23 Feb 08
Yes i believe the superfoods are definitely beetroot, ginger, carrots, celery, tomatoes. I firmly believe thar beetroot, ginger and carrots are a force in stopping cancer, freshly made in a juicer is something that is one of the best things the human body can have...
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
23 Feb 08
Yes, your super juice is very powerful. Eating all of mentioned can keep you healthy...
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@Browisn (782)
• United States
23 Feb 08
Most of mine have already been mentioned but I've got to weigh in on this discusssion because I believe healthy eating is very important for a long healthy life. My list includes, garlic, oatmeal, bluberries, apples, pecans, fish oil and broccoli rabe. One little known food that I have learned has many great health enhancing qualities is Goji Berries
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
23 Feb 08
Goji Berries are for sure in superfood, too bad very expensive and hard to find in local market.
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@Browisn (782)
• United States
23 Feb 08
I found a very reasonably priced source at at a local GNC Store. Its called Gojisplash. It is a Goji Berry Juice Drink. A 32 fl oz. (946ml) supplies 32 Servings or about a months supply. Each serving provides 11,000 mg of Goji.
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@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
23 Feb 08
Oatmeal is suppose to be very good for cholestrol. Pomegranates are suppose to help fight cancer. Blueberries are a powerful antioxidant. Green and white tea are too. Broccoli has lots of fiber. Fish is beneficial in several areas.
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
23 Feb 08
You get it all right. Broccoli is well known for high content of Vit C , K and A... Broccoli contains the phytonutrients sulforaphane and the indoles, which have significant anti-cancer effects.
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• China
26 Feb 08
I like your suggestion very much, it's helpful to our heath. and sometimes carrot and greengrocery juice is very helpful.
@ltmoon (1008)
• United States
23 Feb 08
broccoli carrots squash oatmeal fresh fish
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
23 Feb 08
squash can be helpful for the prevention of atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease....
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@raijin (10380)
• Philippines
23 Feb 08
This topic is so tempting and at the same time, could benefit both our health and our heart. For me, the foods should atleast contain the highest amount of which you're looking for. Foods to lower cholesterol are those which possess usually are, oats and wheats. Fish that contains Omega3 fatty-acids, any type of nuts and soy. For foods that reduces the risk of cancer and heart disease, I strongly advise you to try pineapple. Pineapples are rich with Phyto-chemicals, that helps fight the Big C (cancer) and as well as heart disease. Whole grains are best also, along with soy and those which are rich with fiber. The one's I have enumerated above are all available in our local markets and easy to find, though some of them costs more. There are also foods that are packed with these beneficial nutrients, even if you don't have to buy the right product.
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
23 Feb 08
Pineapple is also an excellent source the trace mineral manganese, which is an essential cofactor in a number of enzymes important in energy production and antioxidant defenses....
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• Philippines
23 Feb 08
good idea!Brilliant idea!
@crazynurse (7510)
• United States
23 Feb 08
There are a number of superfoods available at our grocery. Sadly, we have become such a nation of 'processed foods' that we often overlook the foods that are better for us! My list of superfoods (all of which I eat/drink in large quantities( inlcudes: blueberries, teas (several types), brocolli, freshfruit, walnuts, oatmeal, and dried beans. There are many others, but those are the ones that I consume regularly. I have been able to lower my cholesterol and stay off of cholesterol medication by changing my diet!
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
23 Feb 08
wow, great list and great success...:)
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@yannycui (377)
• China
23 Feb 08
My favorite is round pepper, egg-plant,tofu, fish and cabbage. I like spice food,although it makes me sweat very time. I don't like fast-food,such like hamberger. Everyday I spend lots of time to prepare a good meal for my daughter and myself.
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
23 Feb 08
all listed here are very good choices and can be on superfood list.
@Grandmaof2 (7604)
• Canada
23 Feb 08
To name 5 I'd say Brocoli, garlic, tomatoes, apples, and blueberries. Those were my own guesses. Thank You.
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
23 Feb 08
all of listed can be on the superfood list...:)
@Winter08 (441)
• Canada
23 Feb 08
1.) The juice of carrots, cabbage, celery, beets, and granny smith apples to help the body with an overall cleanse and high dose of easily absorbed nutrients. 2.) Pineapple and plain yogurt to help the digestion. 3.) Yogurt with frozen raspberries or blueberries mixed in for a refreshing snack on a hot day. 4.) Oatmeal, plain or with dark brown sugar, walnuts or raisins, and milk or soymilk. 5.) Homemade multigrain bread with butter and buckwheat honey. This one is in the "comfort" food category for cold miseable winter days. Of course, it would probably be more healthy to have the bread with a good barley soup.
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
23 Feb 08
you have very helpful list for everybody...I like mixed veggie and apple juice...
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@gantwick (849)
• United States
23 Feb 08
I think garlic is one. Honey is, I think, another. Ummmm..... Jalapeno pizza? Errr.... Nachos? Ahhhhh.... Chocolate?
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
23 Feb 08
Capsaicin found in Jalapeno can prevent cancer, but jalapeno pizza is not superfood for sure... Natchos? no Chocolate? yes, only dark chocolate...
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@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
23 Feb 08
strawberrys,brocolli,all dark leafy produce , blueberries, oatmeal
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
23 Feb 08
your list is helpful and tasty...;)
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
24 Feb 08
very tasty
@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
23 Feb 08
If you could put all these ingredients into a pill, I become an adict.
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
23 Feb 08
whole food has more benefits than any pills...
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
24 Feb 08
Totally agree. However, pills are quicker and more convenient. On the other hand eating a good healthy meal with friends is most enjoyable.
@cupid74 (11397)
• Pakistan
23 Feb 08
Hi dear here no such things are available and mostly meals are cooked at home but here in Pakistan mutton, chicken, beef, vegetables, pulses, beans , rices and flour are mostly consumed food all i can tell u that local food is spicy, with vegetable oils and not much care about cholestrol level, but now a days care about health is increasing so things are changing a bit Take care
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
23 Feb 08
We are talking about food that has prevention and healing property...chicken and beef is not in this category...
@cupid74 (11397)
• Pakistan
25 Feb 08
I know what u r talking about thats why i said, our normal food is this as we are not health concious but with media, and health education, things are improving and people are going for balance diet
@royal52gens (5380)
• United States
4 Mar 08
Garlic is good for blood flow. Mushrooms when you are constipated. Cheese when you are not. Tea. vegetables and fruits.
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
5 Mar 08
all are good as long as we are willing to eat it often...
• Philippines
2 Mar 08
processed tomatoes like catsup, tomato sauce are sources of lycopwene which is anticancer.Also it has folic acid for good memeory, vit c which is antiwrinkle and antioxidant
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
2 Mar 08
I agree, but superfood is reserved to whole food...
@malda08i (53)
• Japan
26 Feb 08
actually all kinds of vegetables like broccoli,carrots,ginger anlso oatmeal
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
26 Feb 08
all kinds, but some are better with healing properties...
@chrysz (1604)
• Philippines
25 Feb 08
SOme of the superfoods I know that are available in the market are papaya, banana, celery, carrots, tomato... I don;t know the other superfoods but I've read a lot about papaya and banana. You can try surfing the net for the list of superfoods.
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
26 Feb 08
Thank you, you are right about Papaya.... On Internet all informations are by different authors. I am working on my own book and I was curious about other people knowledge... My list may be slight different than by most authors...
@Idlewild (6105)
• United States
24 Feb 08
There was a book recently called Superfoods Rx that focuses on more than a dozen 'superfoods' that can really be good for health. Some of the ones I can think of off the top of my head are: almonds, garlic, blueberries, broccoli. oats.
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
25 Feb 08
all are good as long as we eat those everyday....
@sherrir101 (3671)
• United States
23 Feb 08
Beans Blueberries Broccoli Oats Oranges Pumpkin Salmon Soy Spinach Tea (green or black) Tomatoes Turkey Walnuts Yogurt
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
23 Feb 08
The one you listed are choices by Elizabeth Somer from her book “Food and Mood”. There are different list by different authors but all are similar, when it comes to fruit, vegetables, nuts, and whole grains, there are no losers.