7.07.2008

Good Eats

The New York Times has an interesting article about the 11 Best Foods You Aren't Eating. The foods are listed below with my ever-so-important comments in italics.

1. Beets: Think of beets as red spinach, Dr. Bowden said, because they are a rich source of folate as well as natural red pigments that may be cancer fighters.
How to eat: Fresh, raw and grated to make a salad. Heating decreases the antioxidant power. Not a big beet fan but maybe I'll have to take another look.
2. Cabbage: Loaded with nutrients like sulforaphane, a chemical said to boost cancer-fighting enzymes. We actually eat quite alot of cabbage, my wife makes a fantastic cabbage salad. I'll try to get the recipe and post it here.
How to eat: Asian-style slaw or as a crunchy topping on burgers and sandwiches.
3. Swiss chard: A leafy green vegetable packed with carotenoids that protect aging eyes.
How to eat it: Chop and sauté in olive oil.
4. Cinnamon: Helps control blood sugar and cholesterol.
How to eat it: Sprinkle on coffee or oatmeal. The worst way to get cinnamon is to take eat a big heaping spoonful. But, if you do, make sure you videotape it for YouTube fame and hilarity. I put cinnamon into our pancakes for some extra flavor and spice.
5. Pomegranate juice: Lowers blood pressure and loaded with vitamin C and other antioxidants.
How to eat: Just drink it. Great stuff when mixed with other juices as its pretty harsh on its own. Its also really expensive right now but I think that's because the market is so new.
6. Dried plums: Okay, so they are really prunes, but packed with cancer-fighting antioxidants.
How to eat: Wrapped in prosciutto and baked.
7. Pumpkin seeds: The most nutritious part of the pumpkin and packed with magnesium; high levels of the mineral are associated with lower risk for early death.
How to eat: Roasted as a snack, or sprinkled on salad. Pumpkin seeds taste awesome but they are really high in L-Arganine which can make people susceptible to cold sores have wicked painful breakouts. Counteract the seeds with Lysine supplements and eat the seeds in moderation.
8. Sardines: Dr. Bowden calls them “health food in a can.'’ They are high in omega-3’s, 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.
How to eat: Choose sardines packed in olive or sardine oil. Eat plain, mixed with salad, on toast, or mashed with dijon mustard and onions as a spread. Do Kippered snacks count as sardines? Because I liked Kippered Snacks but can't stand sardines. Though the dijon and onions spread idea might work.
9. Turmeric: The “superstar of spices,'’ it has anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.
How to eat: Mix with scrambled eggs or in any vegetable dish.
10. Frozen blueberries: Even though freezing can degrade some of the nutrients in fruits and vegetables, frozen blueberries are available year-round and don’t spoil; associated with better memory in animal studies.
How to eat: Blended with yogurt or chocolate soy milk and sprinkled with crushed almonds. We get the big fresh pack at CostCo and eat them by the handful. Everyone in my house loves the blueberries.
11. Canned pumpkin: A low-calorie vegetable that is high in fiber and immune-stimulating vitamin A; fills you up on very few calories.
How to eat: Mix with a little butter, cinnamon and nutmeg.
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