All foods should be consumed in moderation. The healthiest food groups we should consume most are whole grains, nuts, legumes, fruits, grass-fed meat, and vegetables.
However, there are certain foods that pack a larger nutritional punch than other foods.
- Green tea
Increases metabolism, speeds up the rate of release of fat from fat cells in the body, reduces atherosclerosis and risk of heart disease, lowers blood pressure, reduces cholesterol levels, reduces inflammation, and prevents cancer.
Chock–full of antioxidants, that neutralize harmful free radicals, which damage tissues and may contribute to a variety of chronic conditions, such as heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and cancer. An amazing source of a good source of folate, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin K.
3. Dark leafy vegetables
Dark leafy vegetables include kale, spinach, and cabbage. Kale contains cancer-fighting antioxidants, is a top source of vitamin A in the vegetable world, promotes eye and skin health, is a good source of heart-healthy fiber, and has almost as much vitamin C as an orange, among other nutrients and minerals present. Kale is also a great detox food, due to its high sulfur and fibre content. Similarly, spinach is very rich in antioxidants, and is an excellent source of vitamins A, B-6, C, E, K, selenium, niacin, zinc, phosphorus, copper, folic acid, potassium, manganese, betaine, and iron.
4. Oily fish
Oily fish include salmon, trout, mackerel, herring, sardines, and anchovies. Contains heart-healthy, mood-boosting omega-3 fats, packed with vitamin D and niacin, which may protect against Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss. Great source of protein (obviously).
Rich in fiber, minerals, and phytonutrients that reduce the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers. Broccoli is also high in vitamin C, boosting the immune system, vitamin K, and antioxidants.
6. Dark chocolate
Reduces blood pressure, is rich in flavonoids that reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol, and boosts HDL (good) cholesterol levels.
Rich in fiber, antioxidants, and phytonutrients, reduces the rate of cognitive decline, is packed with polyphenols which slow down the development of fat cells, and reduces high blood pressure.
Rich in nutrients, unsaturated fats which lower bad cholesterol levels, high in fiber, vitamin E, plant sterols, and L-arginine that improves the health of artery walls.
Remember, the key to eating healthy is a balanced diet!