Imagine a choice of foods that were tasty, nutritious and good for your health – i.e. they helped you maintain a healthy body weight, improved your overall mood, and reduced your risk of developing diseases.
This Medical News Today information article provides details on the top ten foods considered to be the most healthy, according to surveys and sources across North America and Western Europe.
Apples are an excellent source of antioxidants, which combat free radicals. Free radicals are damaging substances generated in the body that cause undesirable changes and are involved in the aging process and some diseases.
In their study, the investigators found that older women who starting a regime of eating apples daily experienced a 23 percent drop in levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) and a 4% increase in good cholesterol (HDL) after just six months.
Apples and pears can reduce stroke risk by 52%. Researchers from Wageningen Uninversity in the Netherlands, found that consuming fruit with white edible portions, such as pears and apples, can potentially reduce the risk of stroke by 52%. They reported their findings in the journal Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.
Second on our list of top 10 healthy foods is almonds. Almonds are rich in nutrients, including magnesium, vitamin E, iron, calcium, fiber, and riboflavin. A scientific review published in Nutrition Reviews3 found that almonds as a food may help maintain healthy cholesterol levels.
Eating nuts every day may prolong life. Eating a handful of nuts a day could help you live longer and lower a your risk of death from heart disease and cancer, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.6
Broccoli is rich in fiber, calcium, potassium, folate and phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are compounds which reduce the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. Broccoli also contains vitamin C, as well as beta-carotene, an antioxidant.
Eating broccoli may help prevent osteoarthritis. A UK study found that sulforaphane, a compound found in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage and Brussels sprouts, could help fight osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis.9
Blueberries and strawberries may reduce women’s risk of heart attack. Women could reduce their risk of heart attack by as much as 33 percent by eating three or more servings of blueberries and strawberries per week. Researchers believe it is because these fruits contain high levels of dietary flavonoids known as anthocyanins.13
We are always looking out for a healthy, nutritious food for us and for our children.
We are getting so much information about nutrition what is good and what is bad but we are focused or trapped in the rat race that we are forgetting how to eat properly. We do not have or do not take the time to eat healthy, we go to the fast food restaurants because of lack of time.
But we forget that we can prepare very healthy and nutritious food in a shorter time than getting food in a fast food restaurant. So, why we do not change the way for living a healthier lifestyle? Why do we not try to educate our children for eating healthier?
We have to tell our children that eating more diverse that means not only meat and dairy products but also vegetables for a healthier living.
Okay, I am frankly, I do not love to eat daily vegetables, I have to eat sometimes a meat, even pork, but I do not eat it every day. It is just something that your body needs because daily vegetables is normal for some people, but some miss a little bit, I would say diversity. Our body needs from everything a little bit.
Our body needs vitamins, minerals to have healthy bones and a healthy system and live as healthy as possible. Just imagine how many people die because of bad nutrition and unhealthy eating.
We have to change that and we can do it when we inform ourselves about what is good for our body.