The healthiest foods in the world (Part 2)
At this point there are enough different kinds of “health food” out there to make a girl’s head spin, but don’t worry – we’re here to help you out! We’ll show you the healthiest foods on the planet with the best nutritional values. Add them to your meals and get on the fast track to a super-healthy body!
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Salmon is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids which have been linked to a reduced risk of depression, heart disease and cancer. Eating oily fish like salmon once or twice a week may increase your lifespan by more than two years. However, salmon does not only supply us with omega-3 fatty acids but offers other unique health benefits like its high protein and amino acid content. Studies have shown that salmon contains small bioactive protein molecules that may provide special support for insulin effectiveness and control of inflammation in the digestive tract. Unfortunately, contamination with mercury and pesticides has become a big problem in salmon habitats. Therefore it’s wise to stay on the safe side with wild salmon, for example from Alaska.
Organic Coconut Oil
Is this oil really the miracle food it's been hyped up to be? Yes, absolutely! The health benefits of coconut oil include skin care, hair care, weight-loss, stress relief, cholesterol level maintenance, boosted immune system, proper digestion and regulated metabolism. But there’s more to come: It also provides relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes and cancer, while helping to improve dental quality and bone strength.
But please, do yourself a favor and make sure to choose organic coconut oil, made without heat processing or genetically engineered ingredients.
Should you go nuts? Definitely! All nuts have different nutritional values and will offer various health benefits. However, all of them are packed with protein, fiber and essential fats. Only 30 grams of unsalted nuts make a vitality-boosting snack that contains a mix of important vitamins and minerals. Latest research suggests that nuts may increase your lifespan and even support weight loss. Contrary to popular belief, your body needs fat in order to function properly. But of course, it is the dose that makes the poison (in the figurative sense). What we’d like to say is that nuts are very high in calories, which is why you have to be careful with the amount you consume. A handful is absolutely enough. Walnuts, macadamia and pecans provide the highest amount of healthy fat, while almonds are perfect for weight-loss.
We love Broccoli! What about you? If you have any bad childhood memories connected to this vegetable, it’s time to move on – Broccoli is one of the worlds’ healthiest foods and rich in dozens of nutrients. It contains a high amount of folate, potassium and calcium while also being a great source of phytonutrients, which are compounds that have been proven to reduce the risk of developing heart disease and cancer. As if that wasn’t enough, broccoli also contains a high amount of beta-carotene and vitamin C. All in all, Broccoli is said to be the number one vegetable when it comes to nutrients. Watch out: by overcooking broccoli you will destroy many of its vitamins.
Thanks to its complex carbohydrates, oatmeal is a very effective source of energy and provides you with B vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, folate and potassium. Studies have shown that if you eat a bowl of oatmeal every day, your blood cholesterol levels, especially if they are too high, will drop due to the cereal's soluble fiber content. Oats are rich in complex carbohydrates, as well as water-soluble fiber which slow down digestion and stabilize blood-glucose levels.
Blueberries are not only super-tasty, but also contain a lot of fiber, phytonutrients and antioxidants. Antioxidants are essential since they are responsible for catching any free radicals that could possibly damage cellular structures or even your DNA. Studies have shown that people who ate blueberries on a regular basis were less likely to develop dementia and other cognitive problems in old age. Blueberries are also useful when it comes to reducing blood pressure. In any case, you should take care to buy organic blueberries only because non-organic produces usually receive severe chemical treatment. On the bright side, we can freeze blueberries without endangering their valuable antioxidants.
Not only are sweet potatoes absolutely delicious, inexpensive and easy to cook, they have many other benefits for your health. Sweet potatoes are high in vitamin A, vitamin B5, B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, and, due to their orange color, high in carotenoids. Furthermore, they're fat-free, high in magnesium and potassium and have fewer calories than white potatoes. For as sweet as they are, sweet potatoes have a low glycemic index, which means they release sugar slowly into the bloodstream. In short, sweet potatoes can be a valuable addition to a healthy diet - whether you’re trying to lose weight or just to make better food choices.