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7 of the Healthiest Foods You Should Be Eating But Aren't

Posted: 01/09/2012 7:35 am

By Matthew Thompson, Associate Food Editor for EatingWell Magazine

When it comes to choosing what to eat, I like to get a lot of nutritional bang for my buck, so to speak. The best deals? “Superfoods” that are far more plentiful in nutrients than they are in calories and that research has shown deliver health benefits. You’re probably already eating a lot of everyday superfoods -- like bananas, eggs and broccoli -- and maybe even some exotic ones. (Acai, anyone?)

But what about the power-packed foods filled with good-for-you vitamins, minerals and disease-fighting phytochemicals you aren’t eating? Rather than rattling off a laundry list of every fiber-rich, antioxidant-packed, vitamin-saturated food I can imagine, I’m going to focus on seven of the healthiest foods that I, and probably many of you, have mostly missed the boat on eating, especially on a regular basis.

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On top of delivering a raft of cancer-fighting antioxidants, kale is one of the vegetable world's top sources of vitamin A, which promotes eye and skin health and may help strengthen the immune system. It's a good source of heart-healthy fiber and a one-cup serving has almost as much vitamin C as an orange. What's not to love?

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By Matthew Thompson
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Matthew Thompson is the associate food editor for EatingWell Magazine.

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