Superfoods….kiwi, barley, cranberries, kefir, broccoli sprouts
December 13, 2007
Experts say theres a new generation of superfoods that promise to do double or triple-duty when it comes to preventing illness.
- Kiwi. In a recent study, kiwi was found to be one of the most nutritionally dense fruits out of 27 fruits, says Stephanie Dean, R.D., dietitian with Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas. Kiwis are full of antioxidants, vitamin E and lutein. They ward off vision problems, blood clots, and even lower cholesterol almost as effectively as the second new superfood on the list, barley.
- Barley.The USDA found that barley can lower your LDL or bad cholesterol by 17.4 percent, a phenomenal percentage, adds Dean. Barley, a grain, can be added to soups or even eaten instead of oatmeal for breakfast.
- Cranberries. The crimson color of cranberries signal that they are full of flavonoids. Flavonoids high in antioxidants help prevent everything from infections to strokes and cancer.
- Kefir. Kefir is a wonderful source of calcium. Every eight ounce glass has about 300 milligrams which is a little less than one-third of the recommended daily intake for adults, says Dean. Kefir not only contains just as much calcium as milk, but also packs more beneficial bacteria than yogurt. Kefir makes a great smoothie!
- Broccoli sprouts. Broccoli sprouts have been shown to contain 20 percent more anti-cancer agents than regular broccoli, says Dean. Broccoli sprouts are sold by the package and can be thrown on top of salads or added to sandwiches.