Superfoods get all the love these days. And while some people argue that there is no such thing, there are certainly foods that are incredibly nutrient dense and beneficial to our health. Kale and açai berries are perfect examples. Everyone heard about them, and everyone rushed out to buy them. What happens when that frenzy begins is that we completely ignore the fruits, veggies, nuts and fish we are already eating in favour of these ‘new,’ trendy, exotic foods.
Birmingham based catering company, Plyvine Catering, put together this list of the healthiest foods on earth. See if your favourites made the cut:
One lemon contains more than 100% of your daily intake of vitamin C. This can help to increase your good, HDL cholesterol levels and strengthen bones. And the citrus flavonoids found in lemons may actually help to stall the growth of cancer cells and serve as an anti-inflammatory.
Broccoli is full of vitamins. A medium stalk contains 100% of your vitamin K intake and close to 200% of your vitamin C intake. These two nutrients not only help to build bones, they also help fight off several types of cancer.
One fourth of an ounce of dark chocolate a day can help to reduce your blood pressure if you are otherwise a healthy person. Cocoa powder is loaded with flavonoids which are antioxidants that reduce bad LDL cholesterol and increase the good, HDL cholesterol levels.
One red potato has 66 micrograms of folate (which is about the same as found in one cup of spinach or broccoli). Folate helps to build up your cells. One sweet potato contains about eight times your daily amount of the cancer fighting, immune boosting vitamin A.
Omega-3 fatty acids have been linked to a reduction in depression, heart disease and cancer. Salmon is a wonderful source of this fatty acid. A three ounce serving of salmon contains 50% of your daily dose of niacin which can help to guard against memory loss and Alzheimer's.
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These nuts contain the most omega-3s of all nuts. They improve mood, fight cancer and may even help to protect your skin against the sun!
One study found that avocados can lower your cholesterol by up to 22%. Just one avocado contains more than half the fiber you need and 40% of folate which can help to reduce your risk of heart disease.
Garlic is a great warrior against disease as it can help to inhibit the growth of bacteria like E. coli. Allicin, a compound found in garlic, is a powerful anti-inflammatory and can lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
Spinach contains two immune-boosting antioxidants known as lutein and zeaxanthin, which also play a key role in eye health. Recent research has even found that among all the cancer-fighting fruits and vegetables, spinach is the most powerful.
Eating a serving of beans, lentils or peas, four times a week, can lower your chances of contracting heart disease by 22%. This may also reduce your risk of breast cancer!
Interesting, right? Not a single fancy or exotic sounding food on the list!
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Source: Daily Mail