The South Beach Diet encourages you to get your nutrients from whole foods rather than supplements. That’s why we recommend eating a wide variety of delicious fresh foods in a rainbow of colors to get the maximum antioxidants and other disease-fighting nutrients. Start incorporating these top nutrient-packed foods into your Meal Plans today:
(Phase 1): Studies show that eating tomato
products may reduce prostate cancer risk, and the US Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) now allows tomatoes and tomato-based products, like tomato
sauce, to carry that health claim. The key ingredient: a powerful antioxidant
called lycopene, also found in pink and red grapefruit (Phase 2) and lychees
and other dark leafy greens (Phase 1): Research shows that eating dark leafy greens, like spinach,
kale, and Swiss chard (which are technically cruciferous vegetables), may help maintain
good health by reducing the risk of heart disease, some cancers, and several
other illnesses. Dark leafy greens are rich in beta-carotene, folate, and
vitamins C, E, and K, which help protect against free radicals (unstable
molecules that can damage cells). Regularly eating dark leafy greens may help
to lower blood pressure and cholesterol and promote normal eyesight.
(Phase 1): Like all nuts, walnuts are a great
source of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. Unlike other nuts, however, walnuts
are high in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an omega-3 fat that has been shown to
have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and to help keep triglycerides,
the bad blood fat associated with prediabetes, under control. Enjoy up to 15 walnuts a day as part of your
(Phase 2): Studies show that a number of
antioxidant compounds in blueberries, including pigment-producing anthocyanins,
are powerful in helping to prevent cancer. These anthocyanins may also protect
against hypertension (high blood pressure). In addition, consuming blueberries may help
prevent cataracts and the short-term memory loss associated with aging.
(Phase 2): These fruits are high in
flavonoids, antioxidants also found in red wine (Phase 2) and cocoa powder
(Phase 1, unsweetened). Recent studies show that pomegranate juice (Phase 3)
may help protect against heart disease.
- Sweet potatoes (Phase 2): An outstanding source of carotenoids (including beta-carotene), as well as vitamin C, calcium, and potassium, sweet potatoes can help reduce LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, lower high blood pressure, fight cataracts and age-related macular degeneration, and boost your resistance to colds and infections. Other good sources of beta-carotene are carrots and apricots (both also Phase 2).