Superfoods 101

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Over the past two decades, the concept of superfoods has become a natural alternative to traditional medicines used to combat our major health issues: heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Scientific study has determined that through the consumption of these superfoods, people can significantly reduce their risks for developing these conditions.

Because 95 percent of all deaths from these top three killers -- heart disease, cancer and diabetes --are diet-related, the superfoods have become an increasingly important tool in the prevention of these diseases. Although some foods have come and gone from the list over the years, there are five which consistently prove beneficial to our health and well-being.

All of the so-called superfoods help us fight the battle of the bulge, prevent disease and contribute to a longer and healthier life. Because they all fall under the heading of "unprocessed," don't look for these superfoods in the potato chip or white bread sections of your local grocery store.