It's our first ever "Ozcar" awards, where we honor some of the year's standout performances in nutrition. Because why should Hollywood have all the fun? Movies, gowns, and acceptance speeches are thrilling, but what really gets us excited at Dr. Oz The Good Life is a new superfood or a great-for-you eating trend. Read on to see which ingredients, gadgets, and innovations stole the show—then dig in and try them all.More
Sweet, decadent, and delicious, dark chocolate seems like the health food of our dreams—a candy we're actually encouraged to eat. It's associated with improved heart health, brain function, skin radiance, and mood. The power lies in its antioxidants, which are thought to help circulation and blood flow. There's more: Dark chocolate is also a good source of fiber, iron, and as magnesium. Reach for a square or two of 70 percent cacao or higher to get the best benefits (perfect for your afternoon slump; chocolate also contains some naturally occurring caffeine).
In Brangelina-esque fashion, a British seed company crossed kale and Brussels sprouts to make a brand-new vegetable. Sold by various names—including Kalettes and Lollipop Kale—the veggie is packed with vitamins, and less bitter than either sprouts or kale alone. The best news: Both kale and Brussels sprouts belong to the brassicas, a group of vegetables known for its cancer-fighting potential.
Lifetime Honors: Kale
It first hit our shores in the 1600s, and was a dinnertime favorite of Thomas Jefferson. Now there's kale salad on fancy restaurant menus, a National Kale Day, and popular cookbooks like Fifty Shades of Kale. As with most celebrities, kale's had some flops (kale lattes? Two thumbs down). But with 45 different flavonoids, 134 percent of the recommended daily vitamin C, and 206 percent of your vitamin A in one cup—along with a host of minerals and compounds that promote good gut bacteria—kale deserves all the kudos it gets.