Here is a list of the super-foods you should add to your diet. Including foods that can lower your risk of heart disease, and protect your eyes from age-related damage. We got this from the health experts at ABC News:
- Beets. They're naturally sweeter than any other vegetable, so they've got tons of flavor. Like spinach, beets are packed with folate and betaine - nutrients that help lower your risk of heart disease. Heating beets reduces their power - so don't cook them. Chop them up in a salad instead.
- Guava. The tropical fruit has more of the antioxidants that fight prostate cancer than any other fruit or vegetable. It's also got 63% more potassium than a banana and nine grams of fiber in every cup, and the rind of a guava contains more vitamin C than you'd get from eating a whole orange.
- Then there's Swiss chard. The dark leafy green is slightly bitter and salty, and it contains huge amounts of carotenoids, a chemical that protects your retinas from the damage of aging. Just sauté with a little olive oil and garlic, and dig in!
- Purslane. Although the FDA categorizes purslane as a WEED, the flat-leaf vegetable is popular in China, Mexico, and Greece. It has more heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids than any other plant and it's a great salad addition. The leaves and stems are crisp and chewy, and have a mild lemony taste. You can find it at local farmers' markets, and Mexican and Chinese markets.
- Finally, experts highly recommend an old favorite: prunes. They're literally dried plums and they contain tons of the antioxidants that protect your cells from damage. The damage that scientists believe is one of the primary causes of cancer.