When you hear the term “superfoods,” you may think of foods like acai, goji berries and chia seeds.
These foods do have nutritional attributes, but they also tend to be tough to find, expensive and difficult to incorporate into everyday meals.
Fortunately, there are plenty of less exotic foods that are also super. Better yet, they’re easy to find, inexpensive, nutrient-rich and easy to throw into meals and snacks.
Start with these seven:
“Barley is a whole grain and one of only two foods with ample beta-glucan, a type of soluble fiber that sweeps cholesterol from the digestive tract, helps your body use insulin better and lowers blood sugar levels,” says Jill Weisenberger, a registered dietitian nutritionist and author of “Prediabetes: A Complete Guide.” She says barley is a terrific choice for people with prediabetes, diabetes or high cholesterol levels, or simply anyone who wants to keep their heart and body in good health.
[See: The 13 Best Diets to Prevent and Manage Diabetes.]
In photo: If salad fatigue is setting in, try grains instead of greens like in Barley Salad with Feta and Cranberries, shown in this July 11, 2007 photo. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe)
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