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By Kerry Johnson
LATELY I’VE BEEN hearing a lot about so-called superfoods, those nutritional powerhouses that reportedly provide health benefits
above and beyond what other foods offer.
Most of the buzz around superfoods has
to do with their levels of antioxidants and
omega- 3 fatty acids, although some are touted
for their protein and vitamin content.
Antioxidants are substances that are believed
to protect our cells from some diseases and
aging, while omega-3s are thought to guard
against heart disease and joint pain.
I already eat a pretty balanced diet, at
least as far as fruit and veggies (and, OK, dark
chocolate) are concerned. But, with it being a
new year, I figure it’s a good time to make sure
my food is, as they say, bringing it.
Determined to get the most bang for my
buck when I buy these value-added veggies
and fruitful fruits, I check first with my favor-
ite warehouse club. It seems as if new super-
foods are being added all the time, with bonus
points for having hard-to-pronounce names—
acai (ah-SAH-ee) or quinoa (KEEN-wah),
anyone? I decide to focus on a few of the
superfoods that sound especially appetizing.
Some people are concerned that avocados have a high fat content. But avocados provide healthful monounsaturated fat, plus
impressive amounts of fiber and vitamin E.
Produce buyer Mark De Costa sources
them from the U.S., Mexico, Chile and Peru.
“The key is to figure out the best product and
the best quality,” he explains. “We have minimum standards for oil content. The correct
amount of oil provides optimum flavor. If the
Packing a nutritional punch