9 of the healthiest foods in the world
How many times have you heard the following statements about food? “Eat this! Do not eat this! Only eat two cups of this per day. If you do not get at least one serving of this daily, you will elevate your risk of disease.” These are statements people hear all of the time. The flood of information and conflicting ideas make it difficult to know which statements to believe. However, there is evidence and research to support the following nine natural foods that are good for you. Plus, these nine foods actually taste good.
Kale. It is one of the trendiest vegetables right now, and there is a good reason for its popularity. Kale has a large number of health benefits and is a flexible ingredient in the kitchen. In single cup of raw kale, you will find just 36 calories, two grams of protein, no fat, zero sugar, all nine essential amino acids and your recommended daily intake of vitamin K, A and C. It is also full of antioxidants, magnesium and calcium. Eating a cup or more of kale per day is a smart choice for almost anyone.
Apples. An apple a day may in fact keep the doctor away. Although it is a staple fruit in many households, you should not ignore it. Apples are healthy, and they contain fiber, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. One study even suggests people who eat five or more apples per week have better lung function.
Oranges. Although they are another household staple, oranges are healthy. Just a single orange in the morning can give you a full day’s worth of vitamin C and potassium. This fortifies your immune system and prevents you from getting sick during risky flu seasons and other times of the year.
Kiwifruit. Not only is kiwifruit extremely tasty, but it is also nutritious. One of the benefits is that its phytonutrients actually “protect DNA in the nucleus of human cells from oxygen-related damage.” Other research shows that kiwifruit also protects against asthma, macular degeneration and cardiovascular related health problems.
Blueberries. One of the best qualities about blueberries is that they can be used in a variety of ways. From jams and jellies to fruit salads and muffins, blueberries go with almost anything. According to one study, women with a high intake of blueberries appear to have a significant delay in cognitive aging – by as much as 2.5 years.
Red cherries. Are you interested in reducing inflammation in a natural way? Red cherries are high in anti-inflammatory properties and have been shown to reduce chronic pain symptoms with steady consumption. They do not get nearly as much discussion as some of the other super fruits, but red cherries are one of the healthiest options available.
Avocados. You can add avocados to the list of tasty superfoods. A single avocado contains a high amount of fiber, folate and vitamin K, E, C and B6. The health benefits include blood sugar control, reduction of inflammation, weight management and reduced risk of arthritis and cardiovascular problems.
Strawberries. Even one handful of strawberries per day can help you stave off heart disease and unwanted inflammation. They have also been shown to control type 2 diabetes and provide an excellent source of vitamin C, other antioxidants and a long list of nutrients.
Carrots. A single serving of carrots only contains 30 calories and is filled with vitamin K, lutein and fiber. Regular consumption of carrots can lead to better eye health and may reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.
You do not have to compromise taste to eat healthy. All nine of these fruits and vegetables are both healthy and delicious. By including at least one or two of these foods in your daily diet, you can experience less pain and fewer health-related issues.