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interesting facts gathered from SUPERFOODS by Tonia Reinhard

My favorite superfoods: Brussels sprouts; kale; quinoa; watermelon; winter squash; tomatoes; chickpeas; romaine lettuce; dark chocolate; and brown rice.

FACTS:

–Corn is a good source of vitamin C.

–Ginger contains properties to help w/ inflammation [and of course nausea and vomiting which is why ginger ale has been popular when people feel upset stomachs].

–The Incas called Quinoa chisaya mama — “mother of all grains.”

–Sage (Salvia officianalis)–Latin= save. Used by Greeks to treat snake bites. Contains antimicrobial/ antioxidant properties.

–Turmeric is medicinally utilized as an antiseptic and antibacterial.

–A dish prepared with spinach is called “Florentine” because in Florence in 1500s, spinach was Catherine de Medici’s favorite food.

–Spinach originated in Nepal.

–Cabbage is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids.

–Kale has two times the levels of antioxidants as other leafy greens. I love kale.

–Tea contains antioxidant phytochemicals which make teas beneficial in combating disease.

–Dark chocolate is a source of manganese, copper, iron and magnesium. It contains antioxidant flavonol which according to studies can lower blood pressure, improve blood flow and reduce blood clotting.

–Asparagus has vitamins A, C, K and is high in fiber.

–Collard greens are high in calcium and potassium and antioxidants.

–Brussels sprouts contain omega-a fatty acids, 150% of daily recommend value of vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants.

–Romaine lettuce has vitamins B1 and B2, vitamins A, C, and K plus iron and potassium.

–Chickpeas contain vitamins B6 and antioxidants.

–Sunflower seeds have vitamin B6, fiber, protein, iron and vitamin E.

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