Eating to Healthy Improvement

(ARA) - Almost 100 percent of baby boomers think about healthy eating habits, but only 20 percent feel they are very informed about what is healthy for them, according to the results of a survey from BoomerTowne.com. With so much information and research available about what is healthy today, it is hard to keep track of the latest health trends and ways to eat healthy.

Culinary expert, Sara Moulton has partnered with BoomerTowne.com, an informational Web site for baby boomers, to advise boomers about straightforward ways they can eat healthy.  

Moulton suggests sticking to “super foods” to keep things simple. Super foods are simply foods that provide more nutritional value than others, and can vary based on a person’s dietary needs.  When shopping for groceries, keeping a few simple tips in mind will lead to healthier purchases.

“The most basic health fact one can remember about any food is, the darker or richer the color, the better it is for you,” states Moulton. “In addition, less processed foods are always better than those that are highly processed.”

Below is a list of some foods Moulton has on her “super foods” list.

Blueberries
Besides their wonderful taste, blueberries provide excellent benefits for the brain. One cup a day, fresh or frozen, can lessen the effects of both Alzheimer’s disease and damage from a stroke. This fruit, rich in antioxidants, is easy to eat as a snack or as part of a healthy breakfast.

Tomatoes
Although fresh tomatoes supply many benefits, it is actually cooked tomatoes that provide our bodies with the most of the cancer-fighting antioxidant, lycopene. Canned tomatoes, ketchup, tomato paste and tomato sauce are all good sources of lycopene.

Walnuts
Despite what has been said in the past, fat can be good! Omega-3 fatty acids, prevalent in walnuts, reduce the risk of heart disease and reduce hypertension. All nuts provide benefits to the body and can be used in place of walnuts if desired. A simple way to incorporate nuts into your diet is to toast them at 350 degrees for ten minutes and enjoy them alone or add them to baked goods or yogurt.

Wild Salmon
A delicious source of omega-3 fatty acids, wild salmon helps reduce blood pressure, lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease. Canned salmon is almost always wild and is a good alternative when fresh wild salmon is not in season. Salmon salads and cakes can be easily made from canned salmon and still provide all the benefits.

Cabbage
Cabbage is full of sulphoraphane glucosinolate, an antioxidant that helps prevent cancer, more specifically breast cancer. Cabbage can be bought already shredded at the grocery store and easily used to create a healthy coleslaw or Asian sauté.

Beans
Beans, both canned and dried, are an excellent low-fat source of protein, antioxidants and fiber. Adding beans to your diet can reduce cholesterol and can slow the sugar level in diabetics, preventing the level from spiking too quickly after meals.

Yogurt
Yogurt is a better source of protein and calcium than milk. Make sure that the yogurt contains live and active cultures, including probiotics that help boost the immune system in defending against disease and illness. An easy way to include yogurt in your diet is to use it as a base for dip with dill and garlic or in a smoothie with your favorite fruit.

Whole Grains
Carbohydrates are very important to our diet, especially whole grains. They provide phytonutrients that help reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.

Dark Chocolate
Rich in antioxidants, dark chocolate lowers bad cholesterol, raises good cholesterol and is thought to have a positive mood altering effect. Remember, a little goes a long way with dark chocolate so eat this sweet treat in moderation.  

For more information about super foods, visit BoomerTowne.com to watch Sara Moulton’s informative video.

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