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Video: Super beauty foods

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updated 4/20/2007 12:26:44 PM ET 2007-04-20T16:26:44

Toss the wrinkle creams, cancel your cosmetic surgery appointment because your mother was right — you are what you eat. Self magazine's Jennifer Iserloh, also referred to as “The Skinny Chef,” has a list of groceries that will keep you slim, smooth and smart!  For receipes and more nutritional information, check out Self's website.
Here are the double duty foods:


Name
: Aji Amarillo
Beauty connection: Loose weight and stay trim! (Capsaicin)

Origin: A “Yellow chili pepper” of Peru’s Andes mountains. The high levels of capsaicin, the natural compound in the chili that makes your tongue burn, can help you to burn more calories! Studies show people who eat chilies containing capaiscin burn calories up to 15 minute longer because of all that heat that’s produced in the body.

Health benefit: Studies have also shown that capsaicin is a cancer fighter since it attacks the mitochondria or the energy center of the cell.

Consumption: Eat about 2 teaspoons a day to get the benefit!

  • Aji amarillo has a fruity, lightly smoky flavor and can be found in a dry powder and is available in Latin markets or on line.
  • It has medium heat so it’s a great substitute to use wherever you might use hot paprika or cayenne. Great sprinkled in cornbread or in chilies. If you don’t cook you can mix it in with store-bought salsa.

Name: Sun Chokes
Beauty connection: Beautiful hair! (Iron)

Origin: The edible roots of American sunflowers, sunchokes are much like potatoes in texture and taste, but offer more by way of iron, which carries oxygen throughout the body aiding in hair growth.

Health benefit/consumption: A cup of sliced sunchokes provides a quarter of your daily iron. That’s about the same amount found in 3 ounces of beef eye-of-round but with no fat and only 114 calories per cup! That’s twice the iron you’ll muscle out of a medium baked potato.

  • Cooked sunchokes replace potatoes in purees and creamed soups. I love them in stir-fries since it reminds me of a crunchy water chestnut! Craving scalloped potatoes? Use sunchokes instead. Can be found in gourmet grocery stores year round.

Name: Acerola
Beauty connection: Vibrant smile! (Vitamin C)

Origin
: A tart, red cherry looking fruit from native to Central America and the Caribbean, also known as the Barbados cherry. Acerola are absolutely loaded with Vitamin C!

Consumption: Half a cup of acerola juice has 8 times the Vitamin C of a large orange!

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Health benefit
: When I see them I smile! All that Vitamin C is so healthy for your gums, critical for teeth health.

  • You can find it in juice and concentrate form. About 2 tablespoons will give you all the vitamin C you need for the entire day!
  • Make a smoothie with the juice along with sweet frozen cherries! Or I like to stir the juice into my morning tea as a natural sweetener that packs a vitamin c punch!

Name: Fuyu Persimmons
Beauty connection: Glowing cheeks and shining eyes with Persimmons! (Vitamin A)

Origin: A yellow or orange-red fruit originally cultivated in Asia. It is loaded with vitamin A! Vitamin A or beta carotene helps to feed and protect your skin cells.

Health benefit/Consumption: One of these sweet, creamy wonders provides 50 percent of your daily goal for vitamin A, which helps your body’s cells regenerate and functions as an antioxidant. It is also key to protecting your eyes against cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and night blindness.

  • Use it in chutneys, sauces and sorbets (tastes best when it’s really ripe and soft). Since they have a nice creamy texture I make a bread pudding out of them! Find them in organic markets or online.

Name: Yuzu
Beauty connection: Stay young with Yuzu! (Vitamin C)

Origin: It is about the size of a tangerine and a little sour. It is very popular in Japan and top American Sushi houses.

Health benefit: A good source of antioxidants, like vitamin C, and phytochemicals, and higher levels of antioxidants compare to most citrus fruits. Studies have shown yuzu’s essential oils to be 25 percent more powerful against cell damage compared to other citrus fruits and vegetables!

Most commonly the rind is used to flavor fish, noodles and vegetables and the rind contains the essential oil that is very high in antioxidants.

  • The whole fruit can be hard to find in the US, but you can buy it has bottled juice or in powder form at Asian markets and online
  • Enjoy the beauty of being heart healthy and living a longer life!
  • When cooked in a little olive oil and a hot pan, they can range from buttery to meaty in their flavor and can be enjoyed this way without destroying the antioxidants.
  • Great in stir fries and salads, where ever you would use white mushrooms. I make a mushroom turkey burger! They are a delight sautéed and seved over flaky white fish or salmon. Available year-round in gourmet supermarket.


Name: Oyster Mushrooms
Beauty connection: Beautiful heart! Be beautiful on the inside! (Niacin)

Origin: American forest mushrooms that named because they resemble an oyster shells.

Health benefit: Mushrooms contain key nutrients, including copper, potassium, folate (protein for your cells) and most importantly high levels of niacin. Niacin is a proven way to lower your triglycerides, or the fat levels in your blood. So keep those arteries clean and the blood pumping smoothly.

Consumption: You should be getting around 20 mg of niacin a day which means 2 cups of raw oyster mushrooms you’re getting 1/4 of your daily intake! And that’s only around 35 calories!

  • Enjoy the beauty of being heart healthy and living a longer life!
  • When cooked in a little olive oil and a hot pan, they can range from buttery to meaty in their flavor and can be enjoyed this way without destroying the antioxidants.
  • Great in stir fries and salads, where ever you would use white mushrooms. I make a mushroom turkey burger! They are a delight sautéed and seved over flaky white fish or salmon. Available year-round in gourmet supermarkets.

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