Health Tips

Super Foods for Super Health

While food provides essential nutrients for the body-from fats and proteins to vitamins and minerals-not all food is created equally. Today there is a lot of talk about “super foods,” which is essentially a marketing term for a category of food that provides extraordinary benefits when consumed as part of a balanced diet.

Research is ongoing, but there are many super foods that have been found to lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of cancer, help control weight, and more. So the next time you’re in the grocery store, consider adding some of these super foods to your cart:

A simple online search will produce loads of great super foods. However, starting your day with a super breakfast is always smart. Maria Cannarozzi, M.D., medical director for UCF Health, practices what she preaches with her daily dose of “overnight oats.” Her recipe, which has spread through the clinic, is simple. At night, put the following into a mason jar with a lid that properly seals, shake and refrigerate overnight:

The next morning, microwave for about 2 minutes and stir. It’s an instant super breakfast!

You can hear Dr. Cannarozzi discuss more super foods in her talk, “Super Foods for Super Health” on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m., at UCF Health. For more information and to register visit There is no cost to attend, but space is limited, so registration is required.

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