Healthy Eating First Top 10 Healthiest Foods
Start a healthy lifestyle begins with a healthy diet. Today we’re counting down our picks for the top ten healthiest foods.
We picked the 10 essential superfoods that have shown to significantly improve people’s health and well-being while there are many things that can be incorporated into a healthy diet this list focuses on things that can be eaten and are readily accessible to most people. The focus is also squarely on solid foods so we aren’t mentioning things like red wine olive oil or tea number 10 avocado so good for you that it actually makes other super foods healthier avocado is rich in oleic acid which lowers the risk of heart and inflammatory diseases it also enhances the body’s absorption of carotenoids essential nutrients found in leafy greens and red or yellow vegetables add avocado to a salad and you actually amplify the nutritional value of virtually everything else in the bowl and don’t be afraid of the avocados high fat content it’s what makes it creamy delicious and incredibly nutritious.
Kale while all leafy greens should be part of a healthy diet including spinach it’s kale that packs the greatest punch rich in various essential vitamins a cup of kale actually matches and sometimes surpasses a cup of milk in terms of calcium content it’s complex chemical composition can help to fight cancer and can actually repair DNA in damaged cells sauteed or steamed pureed or boiled this hearty veg its nutritional content regardless of preparation so if you think you don’t like kale just try preparing it another way.
Sweet potatoes trumping even the carrot as a primary source of beta-carotene the orange fleshed sweet potato provides a variety of health benefits in one simple to cook easy to eat package the popular root vegetable helps to balance blood glucose levels while also raising blood levels of vitamin A essential for maintaining a healthy immune system and eyesight best serve steamed or boiled you can optimize its nutritional benefits by drizzling on a small amount of a healthy fat like olive oil to enhance your body’s nutrient absorption.
Blueberries jam-packed with antioxidants vitamin C and fiber this we berry might actually improve memory and slow down or postpone certain cognitive disorders related to aging as fruits go the blueberry is relatively low in sugar and can help maintain a healthy glycemic level when eaten on a regular basis cheaper and more readily available than the recently lauded goji berry the blueberry also maintains its nutritional value when frozen which means you can reap benefits of this sweet and tangy fruit all year round.
Almonds delicious and versatile this much-loved nut is actually a seed whose high fat content can satiate a craving while simultaneously improving your overall health almonds are rich in monounsaturated fat which reduces unhealthy cholesterol levels and lowers the risk of heart disease a great source of vitamin E the almond can help improve overall cardiovascular health and is thought to reduce certain signs of aging want to feel good and maybe even look a little better start snacking on some almonds.
Apples yes it’s true an apple a day will actually keep the doctor away a good source of vitamin C and soluble fiber apples improve blood glucose and cholesterol levels their antioxidant properties promote the production of collagen which strengthens veins and capillaries and helps to maintain fresh youthful looking skin a versatile fruit that comes in a variety of types red green or gold this popular snack has some pretty powerful health benefits.
Almon rich in b12 vitamin D and with one of the highest concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids of any food wild or organically farmed is really your best bet when it comes to this fish recent studies suggest that eating salmon can helped improve cardiovascular functions and might even help to reduce depression and boost learning capabilities the ultimate brain food when it comes to a healthy diet this oily fish is really a no-brainer.
Oats whole grain oats are a great source of soluble fiber and can significantly lower cholesterol while also preventing heart disease some types of breast cancer and colon cancer and sure we know these whole grains might be a little bit boring but they’re cheap easy to cook and really really good for you boost flavor with a few berries throw in some almonds and enjoy your body will thank you.
Garlic a staple ingredient in virtually every type of cooking an ancient remedy whose medicinal properties stand the test of time garlic can improve a meal just as easily as it improves your health with a variety of antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties garlic boosts your immune system helps with metabolic functions and has been shown to have certain cancer preventative properties the key to keeping its health benefits let’s sit after chopping or crushing and never overcook the key to enjoying garlic with friends breath mints before we dig into our number-one healthiest food here are a few honorable mentions.
Broccoli eat your greens broccoli helps to detoxify the body systems reduces inflammation and is rich with antioxidants making it one of the best things you can eat to maintain health and possibly prevent certain types of cancer the key to healthy broccoli is preparation overcooking not only makes the veg soggy and well gross it also destroys all nutrient value lightly steaming it will maintain its texture flavor and it’s incredibly powerful health benefits you’ll just have to deal with the taste do you agree with our list what vital veggie phenomenal fruit or simple tasty super snack do you think deserves our attention for more delicious top 10s published every day.