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8 Superfoods You Probably Aren’t Eating

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8 Superfoods You Probably Aren’t Eating

By Sara Novak, Planet Green

Sometimes we get caught up in the routine of eating the same foods over and over again. Often times it’s not that healthful eating isn’t tasty, but rather it’s the lack of variety. Adding a variety of super nutrient dense foods to our diet ensures that we’re getting the laundry list of vitamins and minerals that the body needs to thrive.

Most aspects of a healthy diet are quite obvious. We know that fruits and vegetables are healthy and processed foods are not healthy. Too much meat and fried foods are also not healthy. There are, however, those foods that we should be eating but for one reason or another we tend to overlook. Consider superfoods that you haven’t yet added to your diet along with some ideas about how to put them to work in your favorite recipes.

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1. Spirulina

Spirulina is a blue green algae that’s a wonderful food especially for those that avoid meat products. Though this is certainly true of everyone, a deficiency in B12 is more common in vegans and some vegetarians because B12 is found in animal products. If you’re feeling really tired and rundown, you might not be getting enough. There is no whole food source of B12 for vegans, except for spirulina. What’s more, spirulina has iron. A deficiency of iron, also called anemia, is a very common ailment in our population. Add spirulina to shakes and smoothies by the spoonful.

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11:16AM PDT on Oct 23, 2014

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11:00AM PDT on Oct 15, 2014

Only aware of grapefruit!

9:17AM PDT on Oct 14, 2014

Thanks! I'd be interested to try the tea.

7:54AM PDT on Oct 8, 2014

Thank you!

2:28AM PDT on Oct 4, 2014

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7:32AM PDT on Sep 30, 2014

(con't) I, also, think, sometimes, if the results end up being factual, it is just due to luck or coincidence. Maybe I have just become more skeptical, (which I believe is healthy) after reading a abundance of different papers and articles, over the last few years, as well as, learning a great deal about the politics involved in research.

7:30AM PDT on Sep 30, 2014

There have been a few lab rat studies indicating a reduction in cholesterol, with the use of ghee--difficult to believe, but possible, I guess. It is still 100% saturated fat. Remember, not that many years ago, saturated fats were taboo. Now, they are not considered so bad, even beneficial as in coconut oil, which is actually encouraged to consume frequently. People seem to jump on the latest trends with a gusto that belies common sense. What was once bad is now a miracle food to many. Who's to say in a few years from now, whether they will reverse this advice to that of the past. I would stick to the suggestion to not consume more than 10% of any saturated fat, certainly, not to indulge the ingestion. I have been caught up in the frenzy, somewhat myself, and I believe use to much of it for cooking. Many of the other suggested uses are probably worthwhile.

I am not certain how I feel, nowadays, about a lot of animal study results. After all, we are not rats, and our dissimilarities can make a considerable difference in how a food/product/test affects us humans. I guess I am, also, tired of using animals for everything, esp. when I hear of all the many test conclusions that are wrong, suppressed, unpublished, misinterpreted, contradictory, inaccurate, or don't arrive at any conclusion, at all. In addition, many studies are poorly conducted, for many reasons. I, also, think, sometimes, if the results end up being factual, it is just due to luck or coincidence. Ma

5:56AM PDT on Sep 22, 2014

Thank you for the info! But...I stopped eating so much grapefruit, as soon I was informed that it increases the risk for breast cancer.

8:11PM PDT on Sep 21, 2014

Outside of the grapefruit, I'd call this article 7 super foods you've probably never heard of, probably aren't eating, and probably never will! They're not that easy to find and expensive when you do. Certainly there are other super foods more affordable and more readily available.

11:04AM PDT on Sep 5, 2014

the hemp vegan chessecake recipe link is wrong.... :(

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