5 Super-Healthy Native American Foods

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Thanksgiving may be the only time many of us are aware of the influence of Native American foods on what we eat. Yet, if some dietitians and devoted cooks had a say, that would change.

That’s because traditional American fare — from North, Central, or South America — contains a rich and colorful palate of Comfort Food Makeovers.

“Blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries contain some phenolic acid phytochemicals,” too, Magee adds. “These phytochemical families (bioflavonoids and phenolic acids) have powerful antioxidant duties in the body and may help protect us against kidney beans and pinto beans following in third and fourth place. Black beans showed up in the top 20.

Traditional ways to enjoy them include succotash and bean salad. Beans of every stripe can also find their way into chili, soups, burritos, and tacos.