Top 5 functional foods

The New York State Dietetic Association just published their list of the top 5 functional foods -- those foods that provide true, functional benefit to health and wellness. Perhaps surprisingly, only one -- yogurt -- has something actually added to it to make it more functional, namely active live cultures. As the NYSDA puts it, the top 4 "are highly functional despite not possessing introduced functional ingredients." Their list includes:

1. Salmon, for omega-3s.

2. Oats, for fiber. (Most of us don't even get half of the recommended amount.)

3. Blueberries, for antioxidants.

4. Low-fat milk, for calcium and vitamin D.

5. Yogurt, for probiotics (that's the added functionality), plus calcium and protein.

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