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Updated by Meagan Hollman on Mar 05, 2013
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5 Superfoods Every Utah College Student Needs

Healthy bodies make better students. When your body is fed right, your mind will function properly, giving you the ability to meet the demands of your Utah college classes. Here are five “superfoods” with astonishing health benefits easily found at the grocery store.

1

Avocado.

Avocado.

This is the number one fruit for having the most folate (vitamin B9) which supports healthy cell growth, potassium, vitamin E and magnesium. They contain a monounsaturated fat called oleic acid, thought to lower cholesterol. At only 145 calories, this fruit contains 2 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber and 13 grams of fat (most of which is the good kind).

2

Broccoli.

Broccoli.

One cup of broccoli contains only 30 calories. As well as being a cancer fighter, broccoli boosts the immune system, builds bones, improves heart health, lowers risk of cataracts and fights birth defects. When nothing looks edible at your Utah college cafeteria, go home and snack on some broccoli.

3

Apples.

Apples.

These babies are loaded with antioxidants, including polyphenols and flavonoids which remove nasty free radicals floating around the body. They also contain vitamin C, which boosts the immune system, and are a great source of fiber and potassium. An average sized apple contains only 47 calories. An apple a day really does keep the doctor away, and helps you stay focused.

4

Spinach.

Spinach.

Consuming spinach on a daily basis can lower the risk of stroke and coronary disease; various types of cancer including colon, lung, stomach and breast cancer; muscular degeneration and cataracts. Spinach contains antioxidants, vitamin K, B vitamins and a slew of other health promoting nutrients. Utah college classes are demanding, but, like Popeye, you can conquer them—and cancer—with this little green leaf.

5

Oats.

Oats.

A rich source of essential minerals such as potassium, magnesium and zinc, oats are low in calories and high in protein and fiber. The soluble fiber in them, called beta glucan, has the ability to lower cholesterol. A bowl of this before finals at a Utah college and your mind to will be ready to ace those tests.