Superfoods for $5 or Less
Get the most nutritional value for your buck. Dr. Oz reveals the 4 super-value superfoods you can get at your supermarket for $5 or less. What’s even better – they’re everyday foods that you may already enjoy eating.
Super Value Superfood: Eggs
Studies have shown that eating 6 eggs a week can reduce your risk for macular degeneration – the leading cause of blindness in the world. Egg yolk contains vision-protective carotenoids. For those worried about cholesterol, studies have also shown that an egg a day will not significantly affect your cholesterol levels. A half-dozen eggs cost about $1, or approximately 17 cents a day.
Super Value Superfood: Onions
Eating a half an onion a day can decrease your risk of many cancers, including breast and colon cancer. At about 69 cents a pound, onions are one of the cheapest superfoods in the produce aisle. For an even better bargain, opt for red onions and conventionally grown onions. Onions aren’t treated with as many pesticides as other vegetables, so there’s no need to buy organic varieties.
Super Value Superfood: Chickpeas
One cup of chickpeas, or garbanzo beans, a day gives you 50% of your daily fiber intake, which helps to regulate blood sugar and lower cholesterol. Many legumes have the same health benefits, but at about $2 for a bag of dried chickpeas, they are the best value. A bag of dried chickpeas will give you 7.5 cooked cups, while a can will only provide a 1.5-cup serving of chickpeas.
Super Value Superfood: Popcorn
Popcorn contains polyphenols, the powerful plant compounds that have been shown to fight heart disease and cancer. Popcorn has 4 times more polyphenols than the average amount found in fruits! Air pop your popcorn and you can pinch even more pennies. In addition to being cheaper than microwave popcorn, a 32-ounce bag of kernels costs about $2 and makes about 135 cups of popcorn, the air-popped variety is better for you, too. Microwave popcorn contains hydrogenated oil, which raises LDL, or bad cholesterol, levels.
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