andrew schneider investigates

January 11, 2009

The 11 Best Foods You Aren’t Eating

Filed under: Food - good, bad, weird,Good food — Andrew Schneider @ 10:40

I take great pleasure in pointing out to my readers the most interesting, important or relevant stories I stumble across as I read what my colleagues everywhere are writing.

In that spirit, I offer this blog posting from The New York Times from June that answers a question that I get asked two or three times a week, and that is: What are the most healthful foods to eat?

Yes. I love to cook for my friends, but as my girth makes clear, I’m far from a nutritionist. But Jonny Bowden is. He gave a Times blogger his list of “The 11 Best Foods You Aren’t Eating,” and here’s a bit of it. Check out the link for more detail.

Beets: Bowden says to “think of beets as red spinach.”

Cabbage: Loaded with nutrients such as sulforaphane, a chemical said to boost cancer-fighting enzymes.

Swiss chard: A leafy green vegetable packed with carotenoids that protect aging eyes.

Cinnamon: May help control blood sugar and cholesterol.

Pomegranate juice: Appears to lower blood pressure and is loaded with antioxidants.

Dried plums: Packed with antioxidants.

Pumpkin seeds: The most nutritious part of the pumpkin and packed with magnesium.

Sardines: They are high in omega-3s, contain virtually no mercury and are loaded with calcium. They also contain iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper and manganese as well as a full complement of B vitamins.

Turmeric: The deep-yellow spice may have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.

Blueberries: Associated with better memory in animal studies.

Canned pumpkin: The low-calorie vegetable is high in fiber and immune-stimulating vitamin A.

My suggestion is to make sure your spices are fresh and your veggies are well-washed.

Good eating.

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