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    Samantha, selected from Planet Green
    7 Superfoods with the Smallest Footprint

    http://www.care2.com/greenliving/superfoods-with-the-smallest-footprint.html?page=3

    posted by Samantha, selected from Planet Green Jul 31, 2010 5:07 pm
    filed under: Conscious Consumer, Diet & Nutrition, Eating for Health, Food & Recipes, acai, asparagus, carbon footprint, Cherries, chili peppers, environmental footprint, environmental impact, flax, quinoa, wheatgrass

    By Rachel Cernansky, Planet Green

    We all want to get the most out of what we eat, and a varied diet is always the best way to do that. That said, some foods pack more nutrients per punch than others—here is a look at some that bring the most potent benefits with minimal (for the most part) impact on the environment.

    Cherries
    Tart cherries are thought to decrease risk of heart disease, alleviate arthritis pain and gout, and reduce inflammation. They have a few other healthful qualities to boast—plus, 95 percent of the cherries eaten in the U.S. are grown in the U.S., making them a super-eco-food.

    Wheatgrass
    It’s a powerful detoxifier, it is rich in chlorophyll, certain amino acids, vitamins and minerals, plus it’s been used to treat gastrointestinal issues, including peptic ulcers, ulcerative colitis, constipation, and diarrhea—and it’s easy to grow yourself, making it just about as local as you can get.

    Asparagus
    One cup has more than a day’s worth of vitamin K, and is rich in folate, vitamins A, C and B6, thiamin, niacin, tryptophan, and fiber. And the eco-bonus is that it’s another you’re likely to find growing closer to home than some of the other celebrated superfoods.

    Quinoa
    It’s the only complete-protein grain (that actually isn’t a grain at all), it contains iron, copper, magnesium, potassium, and fiber, and researchers are working throughout South America to make its cultivation more sustainable all the time.

    Flax
    A fish-free way to get those omega 3 fatty acids—growing flax is easier on the environment than fish farming, plus you avoid the nasty chemicals and toxins that make fish oil not such a great bargain.

    Chili peppers
    They may help the body to burn fat.

    Acai
    With 10 to 30 times the antioxidant content of wine and powerful neutralizing effect on free radicals in the body, acai has become one of the most well-known superfoods, and while it’s not grown locally, it is (with most companies, anyway) flash-frozen without chemicals, and is harvested in a sustainable manner by small independent farmers—meaning local economies benefit and the local environment is under good care.

2 Responses

  • Great post, I have been drinking cherry juice for my gout for the past six months and it works wonders. My doctor recommended the Fruit Advantage cherry juice since it doesn’t have any additional sugar added to it. I am a firm beleiver in the acai too.

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