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10 New Superfoods for Women

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Ever wonder if your diet is missing something? Add our expert-approved, eat-right picks to stay lean, healthy, and strong.

The "Skinny" Steak

Red meat has a bad rap. The thing is, it really is good for you. Ideally, go for a cut that is both lean and grass-fed. A recent report from the Union of Concerned Scientists shows that meat from grass-fed cows usually has more conjugated linoleic acid (which has been shown in animal studies to combat cancer) and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids than the grain-fed variety. Plus, meat from grass-fed cows is lower in total fat and calories. As long as your serving is a lean cut, such as tenderloin, feel free to make this smart choice two or three times a week, says Jonny Bowden, PhD, author of The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth.

Shopping shortcut: "Look for meat that is clearly labeled 100 percent grass-fed," Bowden says. ("Organic" doesn't guarantee the cows didn't have grain.) If your supermarket doesn't carry it, you can shop online at localharvest.org. Be sure to order cuts that have round or loin in the name, like top round or sirloin; these usually contain about 8 grams of fat per 3-ounce serving.

Make it even healthier: Treat your meat to a homemade rosemary and thyme rub. Studies have shown that cooking beef over high heat can spur the production of certain carcinogenic compounds, but this herb combo can cut the carcinogens by 87 percent.

Bonus benefits: Beef is a great source of protein, iron (a mineral that one in five women are deficient in), and heart-healthy B vitamins.

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kraut1982 wrote:

Thank you for this very helpful information! I am always wondering what types of food are helpful to keep cancer away and generally help me and my family stay healthy. Keep giving us this helpful information. I was on the brink of not eating any red meat and now know that I am doing ok eating tenderloin and grass-fed, lean red meats.

3/14/2013 08:29:02 AM Report Abuse
cait5645 wrote:

Make sure the chocolate you buy is fair trade... too often we look for the lowest price, but oftentimes this chocolate is made by slaves overseas.

2/23/2010 06:34:54 PM Report Abuse

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