Food & Nutrition

15 Fall Superfoods That Aren’t Worth Your Time

Teff

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Hearty whole grains are some of fall’s essential superfoods. Teff is gaining traction because it’s high in calcium and rich in resistant starch, which may help promote weight loss. You’ll find teff in injera, the spongy bread served at Ethiopian restaurants. These tiny grains are also eaten as a hot breakfast cereal, and the flour is sometimes used to make bread and tortillas.

The gripe: Teff is expensive at about $ 8 a pound. Plus, it can be challenging to find at most grocery stores.

What to eat instead: Oats are one of the most affordable and available superfoods you can find. Old-Fashioned Quaker Oats are 100 percent whole grain and contain beta-glucan, which lowers LDL cholesterol levels. One serving of oats provides four grams of fiber, which supports your digestive health.
And what could be more comforting (and filling) than a bowl of oats on a crisp fall morning? Rolled oats are a great addition to your morning smoothie to make it more satisfying and energizing. You can also find plenty of breads and baked goods made with oat flour. I like to make my own oat flour by buzzing up rolled oats in my food processor or coffee grinder. Learn about 20 superfoods that could help you lose weight.

Collagen

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Another trendy superfood, collagen is a powdered protein that some people believe can protect skin and ease aching joints. Collagen enthusiasts are adding it to coffee, smoothies, and more.

The gripe: Collagen is pricey, with some popular powders going for $ 40 a container. Plus, it’s not available in most grocery stores; it’s also likely that there’s more hype than help to this substance.

What to eat instead: Bone broth contains collagen and is a healthier choice than collagen powder because it’s a whole food. When bones and meat are slow-cooked in liquid, they release collagen protein into the broth. You can make your own bone broth at home in a large pot or slow cooker, or buy it already made.

If the thought of bone broth doesn’t appeal to you, don’t worry. Nutritious everyday foods such as dairy products, eggs, meat, fish, soy, and beans will give your body more than enough of the amino acids it needs to make collagen.

Vitamin C plays an important role in collagen production, so enjoy foods rich in vitamin C, such as oranges and grapefruit, strawberries, kiwifruit, broccoli, and bell peppers, as part of your collagen-boosting diet. Bone up on the top 9 foods for maximum brainpower.

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