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10 Best everyday superfoods

Michele Borboa, MS is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health, fitness, food, lifestyle, and pets. Michele is a health and wellness expert, personal chef, cookbook author, and pet-lover based in Bozeman, Montana. She is also...

Superfoods for super health

You can't open a magazine or peruse a website without some article, mention or ad promoting superfoods - those foods that have high concentrations of disease-fighting nutrients that can improve your health and quality of life. Though there are many exotic superfoods, such as goji berries, acai berries, mangosteen, and noni, just to name a few, some of your everyday, supermarket foods can supercharge your health - and save you some money. Here are 10 of the best superfoods to include in your diet.
Whole grains

4. Whole grains

Including whole wheat flour, brown rice, oats, quinoa, bulgur, barley, and buckwheat, whole grains are fighters against heart disease, cancer and diabetes. The fiber in whole grains can lower cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar, and reduce the risk of colon cancer (Find out how fiber and protein can keep you satisfied). Additionally, whole grains provide a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals and are ultra versatile when it comes to cooking. Start your day with oatmeal or another whole grain hot or cold cereal, toss together a grain salad with crunchy vegetables for lunch, serve a side of quinoa or bulgur with dinner, and always opt for whole grain varieties of bread products. The calories, protein and fiber content vary among grains, so be sure to read labels to pick the healthiest grain for your meals.

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