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Super Foods We Should All Eat More Of

By JulieVR |

Super foods — nutrient dense whole foods that generally have special abilities to fight illness and/or promote good health — are foods we should all include more of in our diets. Most items that earn the super food label are high in antioxdants (which help prevent diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and arthritis) as well as other essential nutrients, as well as those that are high in omega-3 fatty acids. No listing can ever be definitive – there is always some disagreement over which foods should make the list – but here are some that show up on virtually all lists, as well as some delicious ways to incorporate them into your family’s daily diet.

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Superfoods You Should Eat More Of

Tomatoes

Lycopene (pronounced LIKE-oh-peen) makes tomatoes red. It's a member of the carotenoid family (like beta-carotene), but of all carotenoids, lycopene has the highest antioxidant power, helping reduce the risk of several types of cancer. Adding a small amount of fat (like olive oil in tomato sauce) makes the lycopene more easily absorbed by the body. Tomatoes are also very low in calories, and very versatile - besides fresh, try using more tomato sauce, tomato juice and tomato paste.
Make some fresh tomato sauce!

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Julie Van Rosendaal is the author of five best-selling cookbooks, food editor of Parents Canada magazine, a CBC Radio columnist and a freelance writer. Her award-winning blog, Dinner with Julie documents life in her home kitchen in Canada with her husband and 7-year-old son. Read bio and latest posts → Read Julie's latest posts →

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  1. Elizabeth says:

    The photos here are really beautiful. I like almost all these foods and want to check out the “how to cook quinoa” here (I’ve never had that one). Thanks for reminding me. I think I’ll make salmon tomorrow! With spinach.

  2. elane lrgado says:

    hi,i always have an extra tomato sauce every time when i am making some food…when i prepared ground fork with carrots and potato with green peas.i love cooking and i always use tomato sauce specially in my CALDERETA.ITS SO YUMMY with Baguio beans potato and carrots..

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