Superfoods have more than their fair share of vitamins, minerals, and disease-fighting nutrients. Pack your meals with a nutritional punch by adding these wholesome choices to your diet.
Disease-Fighting Food 1: Berries
Reach for berries for a powerful dose of disease-fighting antioxidants. Blueberries are on the top the list of antioxidant-rich fruits, followed by cranberries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries. They contain an antioxidant that helps neutralize cell-damaging molecules that can help lead to chronic diseases, including cancer and heart disease.
Berries, particularly cranberries, may also help ward off urinary tract infections.
Disease-Fighting Food 2: Dairy
Dairy foods are not only the best food source of dietary calcium, but also have plenty of protein, vitamins (including vitamin D), and minerals - key to fighting the disease osteoporosis. Beyond strong bones, dairy may also help you lose weight. Research is ongoing, but a few studies have shown that three daily servings of dairy - as part of a calorie-controlled diet - may help decrease belly fat and enhance weight loss.
Low-fat dairy foods make excellent snacks because they contain both carbohydrates and protein.
Disease Fighting Food 3: Tomatoes
These red-hot fruits of summer are bursting with flavor and lycopene - an antioxidant that may help protect against some cancers. They also deliver an abundance of vitamins A and C, potassium, and phytochemicals.
Enjoy tomatoes raw, cooked, sliced, chopped, or diced as part of any meal or snack.