What are superfoods?

Johns Hopkins Medicine
There is no official “superfoods” list, but there are several foods that are widely recognized as having superior health benefits.

The following are our recommendations for some specific foods to incorporate into your diet:
  • Garlic: anti-cancer benefits; anti-microbial to fight bacteria like H. pylori, which can cause ulcers
  • Apples: The old adage is true; an apple a day CAN help keep the doctor away. They can suppress your appetite for weight control, lower cholesterol, and have anti-cancer benefits.
  • Olive Oil: for cardiovascular health; bone loss prevention; and anti-cancer benefits
  • Walnuts: contain Omega-3 fatty acids that lower cholesterol and triglycerides
  • Cruciferous vegetables: broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts are some of the veggies that can help detoxify your liver
  • Blueberries: contain the highest antioxidant level of all berries
  • Dark chocolate: It’s not just delicious -- it’s truly good for you. It helps ward off cardiovascular disease among others.
  • Tea: Green or black, they both provide antioxidants.
  • Spices: Certain spices help your immune system, specifically, peppermint, fennel, ginger, cumin and caraway.
Manuel Villacorta
Nutrition & Dietetics
There are many definitions of superfoods, but I define superfoods as hardworking functional foods that far surpass basic nutritional content. They are, quite simply, the cleanest, most powerful, antioxidant-rich, phytonutrient-rich and anti-aging foods available anywhere. 
Penn Medicine
Super-foods are nutrient-dense vegetables and fruits that are functional foods. This means they are the foods filled with the most nutrients and they promote good health and weight control.

Some examples of good super-foods include kale, blueberries, quinoa, flax seed, sweet potatoes, walnuts, garlic, beans, apples, oranges and carrots.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Superfoods are foods that are short on calories and dense in nutrition. In this video, Dr. Oz and chef Marjorie Johnson cook some superfoods like kale and sweet potatoes.

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Health Value Of Foods

Health Value Of Foods

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's important to read nutrition labels and know the source of your food. Products advertised as whole-grain, organic or fortified may not necessarily be healthy for you. Find out how to get the most health value from various fruits, nuts, spices, oils and vegetables -- and learn which types of red meat and processed foods to avoid -- with expert advice from Sharecare.

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