This time of year, it seems everyone is refocusing on healthy eating and fitness in a furor of New Year’s goals. And some are looking for the fast track in the form of so-called “super foods.”
According to Stella Volpe, PhD, who heads the nutrition sciences department at Drexel and is a nationally recognized expert in nutrition and exercise physiology, the concept of a few super-powered foods misses the bigger picture of eating a comprehensively healthy diet. As she writes in her most recent column in the American College of Sports Medicine’s “Fitness Journal,” Volpe recommends trying to consume more of a Mediterranean-type diet that includes whole grains, nuts, vegetables and fish.
Berries, including blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries, top Volpe’s list because they are packed with antioxidants. Volpe writes, “If you can consume a bowl of mixed berries every day, that is the best supplement.”But, when pressed, Volpe still has some more specific suggestions for foods that may work extra hard for you when it comes to boosting health and fitness. She details these four functional food recommendations, and the research basis for consuming these foods, in her column:
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