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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The 7 Healthiest Foods on the Planet

Yes, we may know what some of the healthiest foods on the planet are, but do we eat them regularly? The following are 7 of the Healthiest Foods we can all be sure to eat.

1) Green Apples (with the skin on)
The benefits one can get from one of these apples is well...fruitful. These contain healthy fiber and polyphenols. Polyphenols are micronutrients that can be found in our diet and assist with the prevention of degenerative diseases -- like cancer and heart disease.

2) Lentils
Lentils are legumes that are quick and easy to prepare with the added benefit of plenty of long-lasting fiber that keep us feeling full. Lentils also help with disease prevention and minimize inflammation. Great recipe for lentils? How about some easy lentil soup?

3) Walnuts
Walnuts are known for their anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids which prove to be great for the heart! In fact, with just a few walnuts as a daily snack, blood-flow to the heart is greatly improved, which in turn works toward the prevention of heart disease.

4) Oats
Oats are loaded with fiber and also contain antioxidants called avenanthramides which help with controlling cholesterol and also reducing the risk of heart disease.

5) Watercress
You don't hear about watercress very much these days. But, this "green" has been around for thousands of years and is incredibly good for you. You hear a lot of talk about kale and its health benefits, but watercress is part of that same "good for you" family of veggies.

In fact, the famous quote from the ancient physician Hippocrates -- "Let food by thy medicine" reminds us about the benefits of watercress. Yes, the "father of medicine" used watercress to treat his patients! Additionally, watercress has the highest ANDI (Aggregate Nutrient Density Index) score of 1000 for complete nutrition and health benefits.

6) Olive Oil
Olive oil is a major part of the Mediterranean Diet and is well known for its extremely healthful benefits. It has been well known that populations from the Mediterranean region have long life expectancies with lower heart disease risk, high blood pressure and stroke as opposed to other populations (namely ours).

7) Tomatoes
There is no doubt that tomatoes are full of wonderful antioxidants, with a very good amount of vitamin C and beta-carotene. Tomatoes also contain the mineral manganese and vitamin E. Manganese plays a large role in providing the body with such benefits as bone health, blood sugar control and a strong protector against free radical damage to our cells and tissues.

All of the foods mentioned above are fairly easy to obtain, they are delicious and they are absolutely so easy to add in a good recipe....


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