Instead of supersizing that fast-food burger and fries, do something really super. The Institute of Food Technologists, a Chicago-based food science organization, recommends adding these nine "super fruits" and "super seeds" to your diet:

1. chia seeds

2. flaxseeds

3. sunflower seeds

4. pumpkin seeds

5. blueberries

6. acai berries

7. tart cherries

8. avocados

9. cranberries

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Each of these foods provides a natural form of needed nutrients and compounds, including protein, fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Many have been linked to lowering blood pressure, reducing the risk of cancer and even helping you sleep better.

For more information on the reasons these super foods were selected, go to nwsdy.li/superfoods.