You are what you eat. And what you don't eat.
Superfoods get their name not only because of the nutritional punch they pack but because of the ingredients they don't have. Many superfoods contain antioxidants (blueberries, apples) that may help ward of some cancers. Others have omega 3s (nuts, salmon) that protect against cardiovascular disease. No superfoods have artificial ingredients or trans fat, which are linked to numerous health problems.
Woman's Day magazine has put together a list of the top 52 superfoods. No. 1 may be a surprise: eggs. Rounding out the top five are tomato sauce, prunes, walnuts and Brussels sprouts. For the full list, go to nwsdy.li/superfoods.
Some superfoods may also have anti-aging properties, especially for women. A free discussion on superfoods and healthy aging for women will be held at Long Beach Library Wednesday, Aug. 19 at 2 p.m. For more information, call 516-432-7201.