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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

ten super foods

How many of these do you eat?

1. almonds
2. black or green teas
3. tomatoes
4. salmon
5. broccoli
6. dark chocolate—70% cocoa solids
7. garlic
8. apples
9. pomegranates
10. yoghurt

Okay, I admit, I originally included in brackets why these are supposed to be super foods, but to be honest I didn't know what half of the terms were and how as a responsible blog writer can I include stuff I don't know the meaning of? Snort.

By the way, I consume pretty much all of them except for almonds (I have shelled peanuts or sunflower seeds instead), and pomegranates—too messy! :)

How about you?

Oh, just rifling through my file drawer I found another 10 super foods list! Here goes:

* sweet potatoes
* grape tomatoes
* skim or 1% milk (or soy milk)
* broccoli
* wild salmon
* crisp-breads (like Wasa)
* butternut squash
* citrus fruits
* beans
* spinach or kale

There. Now you can't say I never provided you with nutritional advice. ;)


Anonymous krissa said...

It appears I'm doing well! I eat all of that except for the chocolate, salmon and butternut squash. Well, the tomtoes I eat are the regular kind. Maybe they aren't Super? ... Now I'm kinda hungry.... Oh, if you have ever heard that peppermint tea is good for the stomach, you can believe it. I've had a few cups every day for about 3 weeks and it has truly helped the stress-induced bad tummy I've had. :)

February 07, 2007 4:55 a.m.

Blogger Dakota said...

I eat most of them. The things I don’t eat:

almonds – but I do eat a lot of other seeds and nuts
dark chocolate – I don’t like it
and butternut squash – never tried it.

I don’t eat pomegranates; I drink pomegranate juice instead :) A lot less messy!

February 07, 2007 10:04 a.m.

Anonymous mum of two said...

I eat everything on those lists except butternut squash (which we call butternut pumpkin)(but I will eat pumpkin soup and scones), sweet potato (but I will if it's barbecued) and pomegranates. So not doing too badly!

I couldn't find red or sparkling wine on the list though???? :-))

February 07, 2007 10:12 p.m.

Blogger KJ's muse said...

Hi Krissa,

Nah, I think all tomatoes are super foods. In fact, tomatoes are even better for you when cooked, so pasta sauce counts! Oh, and thanks for the peppermint tea tip. :)

What?! You DON'T like dark chocolate, Dakota? I thought EVERY Dutch person liked that stuff! ;) Hmmm, I might have to try pomegranate juice I guess.

Hey mum of two,

Snort. You're actually not far off the mark! Red wine contains some of the same compounds that make tea, dark chocolate and pomegranates so healthy. In other words.... :))

February 08, 2007 11:34 p.m.

Blogger KJ's muse said...

But eating better isn't always easy, especially when so-called experts keep changing their minds about what's healthy and what's not.

A few years ago I had the unpleasant experience of a kidney stone (which deserves its own entry, but let me just say for now thank God for morphine), so in an effort to never EVER have that happen again, I decided to drink more water and see if I should change my diet. Well! What foods was I supposed to avoid according to one book? Tea, chocolate, almonds, tomatoes and tomato sauce, salmon, squash, sweet potatoes and spinach, for starters. Um, those are all on the above lists! Aaaaack!! It also said to eat anything made with white flour and avoid whole wheat. What? Needless to say I decided to just drink a TON more water and eat everything in moderation. Still, very confusing.

February 08, 2007 11:44 p.m.

Anonymous krissa said...

Oh my GOSH!!!! I read that too about foods that people who have a predisposition to kidney stones are supposed to avoid...it is because of their oxalate (sp?) content. And while I haven't had a kidney stone, I have a family history. So I read up on it, and there is almost nothing healthy that you CAN eat because the "safe" amounts are so low. :( I kind of think it could be a conspiracy of the drug companies and doctors to put out info like that so people will keep going to the doctor and taking meds. (just kidding, kind of). ... I wonder if haggis is safe for you? ha ha!!!

February 09, 2007 6:40 a.m.

Blogger KJ's muse said...

Yep, oxalate is a big problem and apparently is really high in spinach and other dark green leafy vegetables, rhubarb, beets, nuts, chocolate, tea and wheat bran. Other foods that are highly suspect include berries, beans, soy products, peanut butter—crap. I'd actually forgotten about some of these (my attack was almost four years ago) and just finished looking them up in that stupid book. And guess what? I've just gotten back into the habit of drinking strong black tea, which I love, but only one cup a day thankfully. I find it really maddening though because most of those foods are touted as being really good for you (and they ARE healthy—they're on the super foods lists!), unless you're prone to kidney stones. I mean I feel like I'm damned if I do, and damned if I don't. What else am I supposed to eat?

What also really annoys me is how little you hear of the relationship between food and kidney stones in the media. I have never heard this discussed, and even after my kidney stone episode could find very little information except for what I read in this one book. And what does it tell me? Everything that I love and eat a lot of is bad for me! I still consume soymilk (regular milk doesn't react well with me), beans, nuts, peanut butter, tea, chocolate, tomatoes, tomato sauce, although I did give up sprinkling wheat bran on my oatmeal. But if all these supposedly healthy foods can lead to kidney stones, why do you never hear about that? Grrrrr. I guess I might have to look at my diet again, and increase my intake of water. I was really good after that one episode (like most people are who experience this) but have gotten a little complacent I guess. Sigh.

Can you tell I'm feeling a bit frustrated? Snort.

February 11, 2007 6:02 p.m.

Blogger Dakota said...

I do like chocolate!! I just don’t like the really dark stuff all that much :)

February 12, 2007 11:25 a.m.

Anonymous krissa said...

There is a very good website called "The World's Healthiest Foods". I haven't mastered links yet or I'd send you one. I read about oxalates there when I was looking up one of my favorite foods, prunes. :) Anyway, it is a good website and has lots of helpful info, plus some great recipes, too.

February 13, 2007 1:01 p.m.

Anonymous krissa said...


there is the website. sorry you'll have to cut and paste, but it's worth checking out.

February 13, 2007 2:48 p.m.

Blogger KJ's muse said...

Oh good—glad to hear it Dakota! ;)

Thanks for the link Krissa! I'll definitely check it out.

February 13, 2007 7:07 p.m.

Blogger KJ's muse said...

Neat website Krissa! I especially love the nutrient graphs for all the different foods. I knew for example that oatmeal was healthy, but didn't know it was THAT healthy! Thanks for the link.

February 15, 2007 6:26 p.m.


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