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7/30/08 10:17 A

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There's another fruit/veggie that I am going to try that I've never heard of....bitter melon. You buy it from an Asian market and it's suppose to be for diabetes

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7/29/08 11:54 P

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Thanks for the info. I know personally after living overseas in Italy for 2 years, I was introduced to new veggies and fruits that I had never seen before. I grew to love some of them.

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7/29/08 10:23 P

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I have never had swiss chard or purslane. I thought purslane was a weed growing in my garden. LOL.

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7/29/08 8:26 P

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Thanks for the info.That was interesting.

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7/29/08 1:10 P

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thank for the info. cabbage is a great anti-inflamatory and swiss chard is said to be good for diabetes

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thanks for sharing.............great article.........

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Top 5 foods for health: Finding nutrition from around the world

Good things come in small packages. Superfoods are foods that offer the consumer the highest amount of nutrients in a small quantity.

Each year, experts comb the globe looking for the best of the best. When they look at a region, they see what people who feel the best and live the longest have to say about their diets.

Some of the foods on this year's list of additions may come as a surprise -- a rare Tibetan berry and a weed.

1. Beets

The bright red hue of beets is about more than just visual appeal. The betacyanins that give the root vegetable its color may also combat the growth of cancer cells. Recent laboratory tests have also proven than the beets help to regulate blood sugar levels, making them a perfect pick for people who are in the early stages of diabetes.

Tip: If you make a trip to the grocer for beets, buy them fresh and eat them raw. Beets that have been cooked are still good for the body, but they lose a portion of their beneficial properties when cooked.

2. Cabbage

Cabbage is sometimes a dreaded sight, but the people of China have eaten the cruciferous vegetable on a daily basis for centuries. All types of cabbage -- from the ornamental Napa cabbage to kimchee (Korean pickled cabbage) -- have great health benefits.

The greatest attribute of cabbage is that it is packed with vitamins, but not with calories. A great way to incorporate the eastern classic into the western diet is to toss shredded bits of it into a salad.

3. Berries

Blueberries are some of the most antioxidant-rich foods in the world. Just a handful of blueberries each day over time can help you reduce your cholesterol, build new cells and have more energy. You might be surprised to know that a new berry is in the spotlight this year -- the goji berry. The Tibetan favorite that is just beginning to circle the globe has the highest level of antioxidants of any fruit out there. The downside -- they are hard to locate and once they are found they may have a high price tag pinned to them.

4. Swiss chard

The Mediterranean green, with an earthy flavor is an iron-rich vegetable with a wealth of nutrients including the ever-important, ample supply of lutein. Lutein is a plant chemical that helps restore deteriorating vision by helping to protect the retinas.

If you're thinking Swiss chard is new to your menu, you may have eaten it without knowing as it is a staple at Greek restaurants.

5. Purslane

In Mexico, purslane is considered to be an herb, but really it's a weed. It has the highest omega-3 fat content of any plant around. Omega-3 fatty acids -- the healthy fats -- are usually found in fish.

Recent studies have also shown that there is a substantial amount of melatonin found in purslane. Unfortunately, like the goji berries, purslane is sometimes hard to find in the American marketplace.

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