The best foods to eat are those that offer variety from each of the food groups, giving you the basic nutrition you need. If the majority of what is eat are these nutrient-rich foods or MyPlate foods, you are giving your body the most of what it needs. However, within these nutrient-rich foods, you might say there are even better foods to eat, those that offer more than basic nutrition ‒ they have components that may play a role in reducing your risk of disease or improving your overall health.
These foods (sometimes called functional foods or super foods) include health-promoting vitamins and minerals or natural components found in conventional, fortified, enriched or enhanced foods and give you a great reason to eat healthy. There are many potential health benefits to eating all-star foods. Nutrition research shows that eating all-star foods regularly as part of a balanced diet can enhance health and reduce the risk of many acute and chronic diseases.
You don't have to look far to find all-star foods. Many of them are probably in your refrigerator or pantry right now. If not, these super foods are easy to get at the grocery store, and many of them are inexpensive, too. And you don’t need to go overboard on all-star foods; try to incorporate them into your normal meal routine and get ready to reap the benefits. Click through the food groups below to learn about all-star foods, their health benefits and the active components that make them so special!