Superfoods for beauty and great health

By Judy Davie, The Food Coach

Nutritionists in the USA recently conducted a study on over 100 different foods to determine their Top 20 fat soluble (lipophilic) and water soluble (hydrophilic) antioxidant foods. The food samples included vegetables, nuts, spices, cereals and fruits.

Their final list concluded ovewhelmingly that beans and berries are the best foods to fight free radical damage.

For a body that feels healthy and skin that glows, try incorporating more of the below superfoods into your daily diet:

USDA Top 20 Antioxidant Foods:

1. Aduki beans
2. Wild blueberries
3. Red kidney beans
4. Pinto beans
5. Cultivated blueberries
6. Cranberries
7. Artichokes
8. Blackberries
9. Prunes
10. Raspberries
11. Strawberries
12. Red Delicious apples
13. Granny smith apples
14. Pecans
15. Cherries
16. Black plums
17. Russet potaotes (cooked)
18. Black beans
19. Plums
20. Gala Apples

Some foods lost some of their antioxidant activity with processing, while tomatoes (not in the top 20) increased in antioxidant power after gentle cooking. Beans must be cooked and berries are best fresh.

We may be beginning a new year, but eating more of the above might help prevent you looking another year older!