From kale to quinoa, celebrities are constantly touting a new superfood as their secret for a smaller waistline or better health. But, should you believe the buzz? The Doctors reveal four celebrity superfoods that really are as super as the stars say they are.
• Avocados: Former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham has been quoted as saying she eats avocado and uses it as a facial mask too. Why are avocados buzz-worthy?
Avocados provide nearly 20 essential nutrients including fiber, potassium, vitamins E and B, as well as folic acid. These fruits act as a “nutrient booster” by enabling the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients, such as alpha and beta carotene and lutein.
• Quinoa: Dancing with the Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba recently tweeted about her affinity for the grain. Should you love quinoa too?
It couldn’t hurt! Quinoa is a complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids and provides twice as much fiber as most other grains. It’s also packed with iron to keep read blood cells healthy, lysine for tissue growth and repair, as well as magnesium, which can alleviate migraines.
• Mushrooms: Singer Katy Perry swears by mushrooms, and says she loves how they taste and how they’ve helped maintain her trim figure. Are ‘shrooms really that super?
Definitely. Believed to have antiviral and immune-enhancing properties, mushrooms have also shown to reduce blood pressure and blood sugar. Portobello mushrooms contain more potassium than a banana, with fewer calories and white mushrooms are a good source of vitamin D, as growers expose crops to small amounts of ultraviolet light. But, these super foods are so super, that many varieties can be poisonous; so refrain from picking wild mushrooms and stick to the ones at the store or your local farmer’s market.
• Kale: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and actor Kevin Bacon both say they love the leafy green. Should you add more kale to your diet?
Add it to your salad today! Kale is known lower your risk of cancer as well as bad cholesterol. It’s a great source of vital minerals including copper, potassium, iron, manganese and phosphorus, and contains a high concentration of antioxidant vitamins A, C and K, as well as phytonutrients.
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