12 Organic Super Foods
You SHOULD Eat!
This healthy food list consists of organic super foods that have more nutrients per calorie than most other foods. They have also been proven to contain vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that prevent disease: from cancer to heart disease to arthritis, and many more. PLEASE IF YOU CAN, BUY ORGANIC especially the fruit and vegetables. Think ORGANIC SUPER FOODS.
Berries – can’t get enough of them!
Berries are extremely rich in antioxidants which help protect the cells in our bodies from damage and therefore from diseases like cancer. Among other things they are also an excellent source of Vitamin C and soluble fiber. Blueberries might help reverse the short term memory loss that often comes with aging. These are wonderful organic super foods.
Broccoli – a powerful vegetable
Broccoli (and other cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower and cabbage) helps fight cancer, especially breast, colon and lung. Lots of vitamin C, carotenoids, and folic acid. It boosts the immune system. Broccoli also contains antioxidants and a substance called sulforaphane, which research is showing to be a cancer fighter and preventer.
Beans – We don’t get enough of these valuable foods
Inexpensive, low in fat, and rich in protein, iron, folic acid, and fiber. Choose garbanzo, pinto, black, Navy, soy, kidney, or lentils. Make sure these organic super foods are either in a bag or if cooked in a can the label says 'organic'
Oranges & Cantaloupe – Helps you fight off colds!!
Great-tasting and rich in vitamin C, folic acid and fiber, and bioflavanoids have anti-cancer and antioxidant properties. A quarter of a delicious melon supplies almost as much vitamin A and C as most people need in an entire day. Any food sure be raised organically, but if you can get these two fruits this way its o.k. The thick skins prevent some chemicals and pesticides from penetrating the fruit.
Garlic – The best antibiotics you can get – fights infection
Numerous studies have shown that regular consumption of garlic can lower our blood pressure. It also prevents the blood from being overly sticky and decreases LDL cholesterol (the "bad" one) while increasing the good HDL cholesterol.
Nuts – Just a handful a day – does wonders!
Walnuts are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, a special type of fat that is essential for our bodies, but that the body cannot produce. Omega-3 essential fatty acids protect us against heart disease. Almonds are also known for their ability to help lower LDL cholesterol levels.
Oatmeal – No “instant” please!
Oats also help reduce cholesterol. Research shows that one bowl of oatmeal per day can reduce cholesterol by up to 23%. Oats are also considered an excellent grain for diabetics as they have less impact on blood sugar levels than some other grains.
Salmon – Make sure it WILD not “farm-raised”
The Omega-3 fatty acids in salmon and other fatty fish may help prevent heart disease and stroke by lowering the body's rate of blood clotting.
Spinach – Talk about energy – this will definitely give you a boost
Spinach's secret weapon, lutein, makes it one of the best foods in the world to prevent cataracts, as well as age related macular degeneration, the leading cause of preventable blindness in the elderly. This is another great organic super foods.
Tomatoes – Got some good stuff it in – plant your garden now
Tomatoes contain high levels of lycopene. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant and as such helps to protect the cells in our bodies from damage. Also, loaded with vitamin C, carotenoids, calcium and fiber.
Turkey – Buy only TURKEY, no added substances
Turkey is one of the leanest protein foods and is low in calories, making it an excellent healthy food choice. Turkey also contains selenium which has been shown to inhibit cancer development, improve the immune system, and aid in the metabolism of our thyroid hormone.
Note: If turkey package reads “ground turkey meat”, it contains just the meat, no skin or fat; if it’s labeled “ground turkey”, it’s got it all.
Whole-Grain Bread – Make sure its say “100% Whole Wheat”
It’s higher in fiber and about a dozen vitamins and minerals than enriched white breach or “wheat” bread.
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Editor’s Note: I had to add this part about bread. It saddens me to see so many children eat plain white bread. You might as well use two pieces a carton board, at least you will get some fibers.
Ugly Truths about White Flour
Highly processed white flour (alias “enriched wheat flour” or “wheat flour”) is missing the two most nutritious and fiber-rich parts of the seed: the outside bran layer and the germ (embryo).
White bread is “dead” bread.
Most people ask this question - Why is the color of white bread so white when the flour taken from wheat is not?
It’s because the flour used to make white bread is chemically bleached, just like you bleach your clothes. So when you are eating white bread, you are also eating residual chemical bleach. Flour mills use different chemical bleaches, all of which are pretty bad. Here are a few of them: oxide of nitrogen, chlorine, chloride, nitrosyl and benzoyl peroxide mixed with various chemical salts.
One bleaching agent, chloride oxide, combined with whatever proteins are still left in the flour, produces alloxan. Alloxon is a poison and has been used to produce diabetes in laboratory animals. Chlorine oxide destroys the vital wheat germ oil. It will also shorten the flour’s shelf life and nurture insects.
Hints: To get your kids to start eating the right bread. Start with only one side of the sandwich with the 100% whole wheat. Or start them with the 100% whole wheat bread by toasting it and putting some organic peanut butter on it. Don’t tell them the peanut butter is organic or they will think right away or its going to taste different. My 11 yr. old son refuse to eat the organic p.b. until I ran out of his and put the organic p.b. in his lunch for a week and he didn’t even notice. Then I told him and how much better it was for him, he stuck with it. No pun intended.
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