May 3, 2009
Top 5 Functional Foods
Salmon came in at number one because of its potent omega-3 fatty acid levels which can benefit heart health, brain health and more.
The American Heart Association suggests about 1 gram of omega-3 fatty acids each day for people with coronary heart disease. For healthy people, they recommend eating fish twice a week.
Oats were second because of its high-fiber content. It can also lower your risk for high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Most Americans eat 15g a day, about half of the 30g recommended to ward off disease.
At three, antioxidant-rich blueberries were highlighted for their ability to protect the body against free radical damage and the chronic diseases associated with aging.
Low-fat milk took fourth due to its high levels of calcium and vitamin D.
Low-fat yogurt came in at number five due to high calcium content and healthy bacteria. The label should read ‘live and active cultures’ .
Posted by Lisa at May 3, 2009 8:15 PM
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