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Super foods

I was talking with a friend recently about "super foods".  The Center for Science in the Public Interest puts out an annual calendar of super foods.  Here is their list for 2014:
1.     Carrots:  Contain good amount of lutein, Vitamin K and fiber.  Great source of          beta-carotene.
2.     Kale:  also spinach and collards are great sources of Vitamin K-helps blood clot. (Note:  will interfere with blood thinner Coumadin-check with your doctor if taking).
3.     Red Bell Peppers:  good source of Vitamin C.
4.     Berries:  Rich in Vitamin C and fiber.
5.     Red Grapefruit: ½ red grapefruit contains 65% of daily carotenoids, 53% of RDA for Vitamin C, and 10% daily fiber. [Note: Grapefruit does interfere with many medications, check with your doctor]
6.     Pineapple:  High in Vitamin C and significant source of folate and fiber.
7.     Cantaloupe:  Rich in carotenoids and Vitamin C.
8.     Tangerines:  Significant amount of Vitamin C.
9.     Red Leaf lettuce:  2 cups gives you 2/3 RDA of Vitamin K and good dose of lutein, which protects your eyes and may decrease cataracts.
10.  Almonds:  50grams (about 40 nuts) of unsalted almonds have 11g of protein and only 2 g of saturated fat.  Will help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol.
11.  Quinoa:  1cup cooked has 5g of fiber, 8g of protein and 15% RDA of iron!
12.  Red Lentils:  Rich in potassium, iron and Vitamin B1, 1cup cooked has 16g protein and 9g of fiber.

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