Food Tips for the Young at Heart
Want to live long and well? Build these super foods into your daily diet.
By Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, LD
Good nutrition is so much more than food to eat. Food and beverages that contain a powerhouse of nutrients can not only satisfy your appetite, but also ward off chronic diseases and keep you looking your best. How do you get enough of the super-nutritious foods every day? Try these tips from WebMD's director of nutrition, Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD.
Antioxidant Super Foods
Antioxidants help prevent cellular damage. Eat plenty of foods rich in antioxidants such as almonds, berries, citrus, carrots, spinach, tomatoes, and bell peppers.
Calcium is the super nutrient that keeps bones and teeth strong. Now research shows that low-fat dairy also helps people lose weight! The best sources of calcium come from the cow.
Fiber does wonderful things for the body, from lowering cholesterol levels, keeping you regular, and perhaps preventing certain cancers. Grandma called it roughage and we need plenty of it each day.
Soy can lower cholesterol, which can help prevent cardiovascular disease. This super nutrient is a newcomer on the block and is gaining in popularity.
Most of us don't get enough of this precious stuff. As a result, we may look peaked and feel fatigued. Our bodies are composed of more fluid than anything else, so water is a vital nutrient for our well-being.
Published January 21, 2004.
SOURCE: Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD/LD, is director of nutrition for WebMD, and a former spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association.
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