There is no one magic food that can improve your health and nutrition, but there are some that come close. Here is a list of UnitedHealthcare’s top 10 “superfoods” that you can begin adding to your diet today!
Avocados. Aside from the occasional guacamole or Cobb salad, many people avoid this superfood because of its high fat content. But the type of fat in avocados is the heart-healthy monounsaturated type. Avocados are also a rich source of fiber, vitamins E, C, B-6, folate, K, and potassium.
Apples. Apples are a superfood because they are a rich source of many antioxidants, as well as vitamin C. Along with pears and berries, they are also one of the highest-fiber fruits – just remember to leave their skin on!
Barley. Barley is an often overlooked whole grain, but its high soluble fiber content makes it great for preventing heart disease and managing blood sugars. Look for hulled barley, which retains most of the bran and germ of the whole grain.
Berries. Berries are a great source of antioxidants, as well as vitamin C and potassium. They also contain higher amounts of fiber than most other fruits.
Leafy greens. Greens make up a family that includes spinach, collards, kale, bok choy, arugula and romaine. They have the disctintion of being the most nutrient-dense veggies for the least amount of calories.
Omega-3 rich fish. Eating fish at least twice a week may help cut your risks for heart disease and stroke. Studies are also underway to see what affect it has on Alzheimer’s and arthritis. Choose salmon, herring, sardines and mackerel.
Beans. Beans combine the dynamic duo of protein and fiber.Specifically, they are high in soluble fiber, a type of fiber that can lower your risk for heart disease and help control blood sugars.
Mushrooms. Mushrooms may not seem to offer much in terms of nutrition, but they are loaded with vitamins, minerals and fiber. Shiitake mushrooms have also been found to include several potential cancer-fighting substances.
Nuts and seeds. Nuts and seeds are a good source of monounsaturated fat. These fats can lower your cholesterol if you substitute them for saturated fats.
Pomegranates. Pomegranates can be a little tricky to eat, but they’re worth it. They have up to three times the antioxidants of red wine and green tea, and are also rich in vitamin C and potassium.