Some foods are so healthy they dominate every nutrition list of super foods. But often missing on those lists are some undervalued foods that can elevate your diet.
WebMD.com selected nutrition experts to find out their top undervalued fare. They only selected whole foods that are familiar, widely available, affordable, and nutrient-rich — and that taste great.
Here are their top picks:
1. Beans and Lentils – Beans and lentils really are nutrition superstars — rich in protein, fiber, complex carbs, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc.
2. Watermelon – Watermelon is everyone’s favorite summertime fruit. But because it is so naturally sweet, some people avoid it because they think it’s high in sugar.
3. Sweet Potatoes – Sweet potatoes are often thought of as high in calories and carbs because they are so naturally sweet. But don’t let that fool you.
4. Red Cabbage – Great source of fiber; vitamins A, D, and K; folate; and lots of trace minerals.
5. Canned Tomatoes – Cooking tomatoes helps release some of the disease-fighting lycopene so it is better absorbed.
6. Nonfat Greek Yogurt – There are many yogurts on the market, and plain, nonfat Greek yogurt is a standout.
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