Imagine a selection of foods that were delicious, nutritious and good for you – i.e. they reduced the risk of developing diseases. According to several different surveys and sources in North America and Western Europe, the following five foods are generally considered to be the most healthy.So here they are..
5. Sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes are rich in dietary fiber, beta carotene, complex carbohydrates, vitamin C, vitamin B6, as well as carotene (the pink, yellow ones). They are ranked number one, when vitamins A and C, iron, calcium, protein and complex carbohydrates were considered.
Blueberries are rich in phytonutrients, antioxidants and fiber. Plant polyphenols, which is abundant in blueberries, has been shown to reduce the development of fat cells (adipogenesis), while inducing the breakdown of lipids and fat (lipolysis).Regular blueberry consumption can reduce the risk of suffering from hypertension (high blood pressure) by 10%.
Broccoli is rich in fiber, folate, potassium, calcium and phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are compounds which reduce the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. Broccoli also contains beta-carotene, an antioxidant, as well as vitamin C.
The researchers said that adding broccoli to a meal can often double its anticancer properties.
Almonds are rich in nutrients, including iron, calcium, vitamin E, fiber, riboflavin, and magnesium.The fatty acid profile of almonds, which is made up of 91-94% unsaturated fatty acids, may partly explain why it helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels. Almonds also have the highest fiber content of any tree nut.
Apples are an excellent source of antioxidants, which combat free radicals, damaging substances generated in the body that cause undesirable changes and are involved in the aging process and some diseases.One study found that adult females who regularly ate apples had a 13% to 22% lower risk of developing heart disease.
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is not just an old expression that rhymes.
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