Superfoods: What Every Woman Should Know

Updated 9/01/10 10:07 a.m.

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — How would you like to fight heart disease or lower your risk of cancer?

The key to doing so might be on your dinner plate.

But for women who lead hectic lives, there isn’t always much time for healthy eating. That’s why nutrition experts are advising that there are six incredible “superfoods” that every woman should know about.

Yes, it can be a challenge for women to eat healthy when they are always on the go. But even when there is time, doctors say you don’t need to do much to reap the health benefits if you choose superfoods.

“Superfoods are foods that, in addition to their rich vitamin and mineral content, they’re also important in fighting a number of diseases and preventing diseases as well,” said CBS 2’s Dr. Holly Phillips.

The first superfood on the list is low fat yogurt. It’s high in calcium and protein, and may decrease the risk of getting breast cancer, irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive track disorders. Just stick to low or non-fat unsweetened yogurts.

“It also has probiotics, the healthy bacteria which is important to keep a healthy gut,” said nutrionist Keri Glassman. “A healthy gut is important for many reasons, including boosting our immune system.”

Fatty fish is the second superfood. This nutritional powerhouse is loaded with omega 3 fatty acids that may help prevent cardiovascular disease. Look for fish like salmon or canned fish, like sardines, which have DHA and EPA fatty acids listed on the label.

Superfood #3: Beans. They may lower cholesterol and even stabilize female hormones.

“Beans are actually a great meat substitute,” said Phillips. “They’re rich in protein and rich in fiber. They also may fight a number of diseases, including breast cancer and heart disease.”

Bright red tomatoes and fruits like watermelon are also considered a superfood.

“Tomatoes are a great source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has actually been shown in recent research to be important in fighting breast cancer.” said Phillips.

Colorful berries are superfood #5. They make the grade because they’re high in antioxidants. Blueberries are especially powerful for keeping our skin and brains young.

The last superfood on the list is food fortified with vitamin D, like low fat milk. And it’s not just for bone health.

“It’s also been shown to be protective against tumors, multiple sclerosis and diabetes,” said Glassman.

If you don’t like dairy, you can still get health benefits of vitamin D – just choose fortified orange juice.

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  • Tony

    Why is this story focused ONLY on women? I believe men also contract cancer, have hectic lives, and can benefit from this information!!!

  • Samuel Damina

    Thanks for the piece of information, hope to get more.

  • angelica

    thanku for the important n useful information my son doesnt like curds n nobody likes rajma in our house now i will make them eat it

  • winnie

    i have learnt alot from the teaching,i think i can also transfer the same to ma friends. thanks alot.

  • Mariel McDonald

    The article uses way too many qualifying words such as might, may or reported… the stuff that means absolutely nothing.
    You know, the sky may fall down someday?
    Also stated in the article and I quote, “Tomatoes are a great source of the antioxidant vitamin lycopene,”… lycopene is NOT a vitamin. Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C which MAY make oranges obsolete, but probably won’t according to some sources (see the qualifying language?)

  • Mare

    That’s why I eat Herbalife shakes. You get everything you need for a complete meal in 1 shake. It makes it easy to eat healthfully. It’s ‘fast food’ for intelligent people. Pls. contact me for more information.

  • mofwoofoo

    I don’t understand why any nutritionist would recommend any milk products, especially after the mega research, known as the China Study in the 80’s clearly showed that the casein in milk creates an atmosphere for tumor growth. And can’t you get vitamin D, simply by being in the sun for 15 minutes a day?

  • Yves

    Right. That’s it for woman’s month, folks! Hope you had a great time. Now please tell us what then would keep a guy healthy?

  • Uzunma

    wht about alittle garlic in food, doesnt it fight cancer?

  • viki

    thanks,your article is really helpful, but what can one take in place of berries?

  • Sherine

    Thank you for informing us about the super foods, it really helps as I am a carrier woman always busy

  • Mehjabeen

    I knowww…does anyone even proof read these things???
    The article isn’t so bad though.

    • kamran

      hi mehjabeen, all foods which are mentioned above are healthy food, thats i am sure, bec i have read so many article on that foods

  • Natalie

    “A healthy GUY is important for many reasons, including boosting our immune system.”

    You have a typo… i think thats suppose to be GUT…

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  • shazi

    read out to mom also

  • gwen

    Who wrote this article??? Their writing style is like that of a 6th grader. No one is going to care what you have to say if they’re being distracted by redundancy and awkward structure.

    • Jane

      I don’t find the writing style offensive. Perhaps you are being overly critical.

      • Solomon

        i agree with you on that.

    • guy smiley

      I agree. It’s these new “Demand writers” people kicking out tons of these “list articles” for $5 a pop all day long. It’s assembly-line internet content; one of the worst trends on the web. Naturally, it’s all created to help target ads at consumers. Check the ads to the right of the article – they’re aimed at you!

  • cary

    orange juice increases risk for diabetes..

  • jasbir

    good healthy tips,keep it up

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