Quickservice restaurants are adding super foods such as kale, goji berries and whole grains to their menus as more Americans seek healthy food on the go.
"I get so excited when I see quickservice restaurants featuring ancient grain salads and more plant-based choices," said author Sharon Palmer. "It is a reflection that more people are interested in eating more plant-based foods. Surveys show that 47% of Americans eat at least one vegetarian meal a week. I think there is a growing interest in eating more whole-plant foods for health."
Nutrition experts say 10 so-called "superfoods" may offer big health benefits, such as protecting against cancer, improving digestive health and lowering cholesterol. The list includes acai and goji berries, yogurt, broccoli, lentils, sweet potatoes, blueberries, wild salmon, kale and barley.
Research suggests plant-based diets can reduce a person's risk of cancer, and experts suggest eating a variety of the foods. The American Institute for Cancer Research says whole grains, beans, berries, grapes, tomatoes and dark, leafy greens have cancer-fighting properties.