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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

'IF I KNEW I WAS GONNA LIVE THIS LONG......'
MENS JOURNAL did an informative piece on 'Superfoods'. The subtitle was 'can exotic foods from places with less disease and obesity make Americans healthy and thin too'. I will highlight some of them in upcoming blogs. Here are a few of my favorites that you may already familiar with:

POMERGRANATE

My staff trainer Joan has been drinking this before it was popular. My wife, superwomen, KYLE, RD introduced me to the actual fruit in the early nineties(highly recommend it. (when you get it roll it so you here the 'pop' of the seeds as they release the juice. Then pierce the skin and squeeze the juice into your mouth. D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S!!).

  • Claims to improve circulation, reduce high cholesterol and lower the risk of heart disease.
  • Dense in Vitamin C, K and folate and fiber
  • Try POM JUICE. Found in produce section. 
  • Seeds are good but will need to eat a bunch to get benefit. Drink it instead.
ACAI
Some of you know how much I love the Monavie product with the key ingredient being the Acai berry. I especially love the energy drink which we carry. The bottled product that looks like a wine bottle is dense with fiber and other exotic high fiber fruit., but there are other less expensive alternatives...
  • Rich anti-oxidants but no more than mangoes, grapes or strawberries. 
  • Found to kill cancer cells in test tubes...which is also true of other berries
  • Does not transport well so won't find fresh berries in the US. Many juice blends but most have too much sugar
  • Use frozen unsweetened pulp, like those from Sambazon 

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO?

My suggestion is common sense: eat close to the real thing as possible. There are many other 'superfoods' like:

  •  Greek yogurt, (Kyle says get FAGE, pronounced fa-yeh great protein content),
  •  Oatmeal (not the prepackage kind, but the REAL oats you have to boil then add blueberries and a bit of Fage yogurt!),
  •  Salmon. if you don't like fish take Omega 3 in pill form. Krill pills (yes, Whale food!) are also available. . On the horizon are Chia seeds that have unique effect of producing a viscous gel in the stomach that may trigger fullness and satiety.
  • Walnuts are also rich in healthy fats...you can put these in your oatmeal!
  • Kale. Spinach (it was good enough for Popeye!)

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