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CTCA Spotlights 16 Superfoods for the New Year



Superfoods contain a larger than average nutrient value, providing more nutrients to the body than another food of a similar serving size, says Kalli Castille, director of integrative and culinary services with Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Tulsa. As an example, wild salmon is a superfood for its large protein content and rich source of omega 3 fatty acids. 

Many fruits and vegetables found at the grocery store are superfoods. Plus, when individuals choose seasonal fruits and vegetables picked at their prime, they may contain more antioxidants and phytochemicals.

Here are Castille’s seasonal superfood picks to help increase variety and nutrition in 2018:

Winter
Brussels Sprouts
A good source of dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K among many other nutrients.

Grapefruit
At its peak in the coldest months, this tart citrus fruit has 4g of dietary fiber per cup and is a very good source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C.

Kale
Has large amounts of vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, and calcium.

Sweet Potatoes
Provides 4g of dietary fiber per cup plus large amounts of vitamin A, vitamin B6, potassium and manganese.

Spring
Asparagus
A good source of dietary fiber, protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K and many others.

Broccoli
Offers dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, folate, potassium and manganese.

Mushrooms
Mushrooms are a good source of vitamin D, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, potassium, copper and selenium.

Onions
Filled with Vitamin C.

Summer
Blackberries
With 8g of dietary fiber per cup, blackberries are an exceptional fruit to add to your diet. They contain high amounts of vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese.

Blueberries
These sweet little fruits with a dark blue skin are a great source of vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese.

Cucumbers
Cool and crisp, cucumbers are low in calories, easy to prepare and provide a good source of Vitamin K.

Kiwifruit
Also known as Chinese gooseberries, this sweet green treat is an excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin K.

Fall
Mango
In addition to being packed with vitamin A and vitamin C, this tropical fruit is also full of flavor.

Cauliflower
A source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, folate, pantothenic acid, potassium and manganese.

Beets
Offer dietary fiber, folate, potassium and manganese.

Parsnips
Other than its cream-colored skin, this root vegetable closely resembles a carrot. Full of dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate and manganese.

Updated 02-07-2018

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