Get ready for the battle of the super-foods! You already know that foods like broccoli, berries and flaxseeds are good for you. But can we do better? Yes! Some foods are better at targeting specific health concerns – like weight loss or improving your mood.
We’ll start with the battle of the berries: Blueberries or raspberries, which is better? If weight loss is your goal, go for RASPBERRIES. It’s true that blueberries are a great source of antioxidants and can protect your brain and your heart. But if you’re looking for antioxidants AND you want to lose a few pounds, get the raspberries. They have 31-percent fewer calories, one-third the sugar, and half the carbs of blueberries. Plus, they have more than twice as much fiber, which can keep you feeling full so you eat less.
Let’s say your goal is a good mood. Which super food is a little more super: Sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds? The winner is PUMPKIN SEEDS. They have similar calorie counts, but pumpkin seeds have more of the amino acid tryptophan, which regulates mood. Pumpkin seeds also have five times as much magnesium as sunflower seeds. And people who get the daily recommended amount of magnesium are less likely to be depressed. To get your daily magnesium fix, all you need is half a cup of pumpkin seeds.
The last super-food battle is for breast cancer. Which of these foods fights it best: Broccoli or Brussels Sprouts? BRUSSELS SPROUTS is the better breast cancer fighter. That’s because they contain WAY more glucosinolates. Those are compounds that inhibit the formation of cancer cells. And if you steam your Brussels Sprouts they’ll retain more of those cancer fighting compounds than if you boil them.