I was reading Yahoo today and I came across an article on superfoods. I feel like I’ve covered this topic before, but apparently not because I could not find the post. Perhaps I just read about this topic in the past. According to Self’s new book these 10 foods are super duper fat busters. So what are they?
Benefits: The fish’s omega-3 fatty acids could help you fight flab more effectively.
Personal Opinion: I love salmon. It’s kind of pricey so I don’t always have it on my grocery list. However, since I’m giving Weight Watchers another spin, I’m going to find ways to add more salmon to my life. Perhaps canned salmon.
Benefits: This fruit’s 4 to 5 grams of fiber not only are filling but also help ferry out some of the fat and calories you take in from other foods.
Personal Opinion: I don’t really love apples. I’d much rather have an orange or a pear.
Benefits: A complete protein, quinoa has all the essential amino acids needed to build metabolism-revving muscle.
Personal Opinion: I’ve heard of quinoa for years, but I’ve never seen it in the grocery store. I’m going to have to search it out during my next trip to the market.
Benefits: These legumes are rich in resistant starch (RS), a carbohydrate that may encourage fat burning and shrink fat cells.
Personal Opinion: Never tried them.
Benefits: Healthful monounsaturated fats found in olive oil could potentially switch on genes related to fat burning and storage.
Personal Opinion: Can’t live without it.
Benefits: The breakfast staple is loaded with choline, a compound known to help block fat absorption.
Personal Opinion: What’s not to love about eggs? Boiled, scrambled, fried…it’s all good.
Benefits: Lowfat and nonfat Greek and regular yogurts contain 20 percent or more of your daily calcium needs. The mineral slows production of cortisol, a hormone that encourages belly-flab buildup.
Personal Opinion: I go back and forth on yogurt. Some weeks I can tolerate the taste, others not so much. However, since I’m not big milk drinker and Weight Watchers calls for two servings of dairy per day, I’m going to have to suck it up and eat some yogurt on a regular basis.
Benefits: These spuds have RS, the same carbs found in lentils that may turn up the body’s fat-scorching furnace. RS may also increase production of peptide hormone compounds that signal the brain to stop eating.
Personal Opinion: I love sweet potatoes but I don’t have them very often. I associate sweet potatoes with big holidays and lots of sugar and butter.
Benefits: A large kiwi has 84 milligrams of vitamin C-more than a day’s quota. C helps form carnitine, a compound that transports fat into cell mitochondria, where it’s burned for energy during exercise.
Personal Opinion: Don’t really care for it.
Benefits: The green soybeans supply 17 g of protein per cup, and your body torches more calories digesting protein than it does processing carbs and fat.
Personal Opinion: Great tasting snack.
What about you? How many of the superfoods do you enjoy?