Top Five Healthiest Foods
The Super Foods part of our official website has been one of the most visited sections of our readers. On the page, we enumerated a lot of healthy foods, which are of course beneficial to our health in general. Among the string of foods listed, I decided to choose the top five of the healthy foods.
My hands are practically down for this. Salmon, with no doubt is my ultimate favorite food, which serves as a substitute for meat. It is a good source of omega 3 and protein. Omega 3 fatty acids are believed to raise HDL Cholesterol and lower the bad cholesterol known as LDL.
In year 2002, there was a recommendation from the American Heart Association about eating around two servings of fish a week; this is particularly focused on consuming salmon weekly. However, because of the public concerns and alarms about farmed salmon, you may want to opt to eat wild salmon. Most of the canned salmon available in the market are wild salmons.
As proven by nutritional researches, soy products are perfect substitutes for animal products. I enjoy drinking soy milk along with cooking tofu mixed with Asian sauces, which are definitely tasty. Soy beans are proven to have high amounts of protein comprising the essential amino acids. In addition, soy beans are considered as rich source of iron, calcium, magnesium, B vitamins, fiber, and omega 3 fatty acids. As claimed by a number of scientific researches, diets with a significant amount of soy protein could actually benefit the heart. More so, a lot of studies are also emerging which are being published about the health benefits of soy products like the prevention of breast and prostate cancer, and also, osteoporosis.
Green vegetables like chard, collard greens, kale, broccoli, asparagus, and bok choy, among others are filled with iron, vitamins A and C, phytonutrients, and calcium. They are also low in calories and high in fiber. I love to eat those cooked. I would stir fry those vegetables on a non-stick pan; but then, it is also recommendable to eat then raw like tossing them as salads.
Berries, meanwhile, are my favorite fruits. They are filled with folate, phytonutrients, and Vitamin C. True enough, fresh berries are among the most powerful foods which are considered as “disease fighting” as they got the top notch on the ORAS score chart which is a method of antioxidant activity. Berries also are so easy to prepare—just rinse them off—there’s no need to peel them of at all! Also, berries can also be served as baked or fresh as a dessert for your meal.
Whole grains also contain a number of important antioxidants, which are not usually found in fruits and vegetables. They basically contain vitamin E, vitamin B complex, fiber, and magnesium. The 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggests that adults must eat half their grains as whole grains. That means that it is highly recommended that you have to have 3 to 5 servings of whole grains each day. For you to include whole grains in your diet, you have to use whole-wheat flour in your recipes instead of just using white flour.
You might want to try brown rice, wild rice, quinoa or barley in your soup to increase your intake of whole grain.