This list of foods that are great for your health---and often overlooked---has an interesting history.
Originally written by Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., it was published in Men's Health in early 2008 as "The 10 Best Foods You Aren't Eating." In June 2008 Tara Parker-Pope wrote a story for the Well section of the New York Times based on Bowden' article, but asked him to update the list to reflect foods easily obtained from the average grocery store (unlike, say, goji berries). Bowden complied: guava, goji berries and purslane were out; sardines, canned pumpkin, frozen blueberries, and turmeric were in (somewhere along the line the list expanded from 10 to 11 foods). The resultant story was so popular that it ended up on the Times's list of its most-viewed 2009 stories. The Times ran it again this past week.
Here's the updated list of "overlooked" foods that you might consider adding to your diet (for more details, read the NYT story):
- Swiss Chard
- Pomegranate Juice
- Dried Plums
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Frozen Blueberries
- Canned Pumpkin