Foods To Take to a Deserted Island (cont.)

8. Tea is a soothing beverage that can be enjoyed hot or cold. Not only that, but all types of tea leaves are teeming with chemical compounds thought to reduce the risk of some cancers and heart attacks, as well as to lower cholesterol and boost metabolism. You can put tea in room-temperature water, then leave it out in the sun to make a refreshing "sun tea."

9. Oranges are a refreshing and delicious way to satisfy your sweet tooth, and they provide a wealth of nutritional goodness. They're a rich source of vitamin C, fiber, potassium, and folate. The citrus flavonoids may help inhibit cancer and prevent cardiovascular disease. The rich potassium content may help keep blood pressure down. Enjoy this citrus fruit with foods rich in iron to increase your body's absorption of the iron.

10. The bright red color of tomatoes is the reason they're a rich source of the antioxidant lycopene, which helps protect against several forms of cancer, heart disease, and, possibly, bone loss. The petite diced canned tomatoes are convenient and make a wonderfully fresh addition to any dish. These ruby gems are loaded with vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber.

Since I'm fantasizing here, I'm going to list a few other super foods I would bring along if I could take more than 10 items: avocados, sweet potatoes, flaxseed, edamame, kiwi, red peppers, oats, olive oil, spinach, and pumpkin.

Of course, you don't have to be stranded on a desert island to enjoy these super-nutritious foods. The next time you go to the grocery store, toss some of these delicious, disease-fighting items into your cart.

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