Whenever you go to the grocery store, it seems like there is a new super food you have to try, or someone is talking about a new fruit or vegetable that is so good for you. It’s hard to know what foods are that good for you, and science can’t usually keep up with all the fad foods come in and out.
So what food should you buy to get the maximum impact on your health? These are the top five health foods.
- Green Lettuces (Not Iceberg)
Did you know that iceberg lettuce contains 180 times more fluoride than tap water does? While most people grab the iceberg lettuce to make salads, the nutritional value per pound compared to leafy greens like spinach, arugula, kale, and others is nearly zero. You get more bang for your buck, more nutrients, more flavor, and way less fluoride when you pick up the mixed greens instead of a head of iceberg.
Even if you say, “But I don’t like fish!” you should give salmon a try. Salmon is one of the primary sources of Omega-3 fatty acids, which is necessary for heart, skin, and organ health. Better yet, Omega-3 fatty acids have been found to reduce rates of cancer and reduce free radicals (lonely molecules that try to destabilize good molecules) in your body. If you don’t like salmon, try tuna, or supplement with avocado, olive oil, etc.
One word: polyphenols. Polyphenols have been connected in hundreds of studies with increased heart health, improved mental and cognitive abilities, and overall higher disease-fighting ability in the body. Blueberries are highest in polyphenols, but other berries are pretty close. Blueberries are especially good at improving heart health because of their vitamin content and also, heal damaged cells faster than most antioxidant foods.
Never heard of a legume before? That’s because it’s a group of foods: lentils, beans, peanuts, peas, and even alfalfa. These are great foods because they are filling without racking up the carb count and because they’re a great source of plant-based proteins. If you’re a vegetarian or hoping to cut down on your fatty meat consumption, they are ideal for just that. Plus you can make them with just about anything to fill you up for cheap!
If you hated broccoli as a kid, it’s time to get over it. The majority of things that are green are good for you, and broccoli isn’t one of the exceptions. Calcium, fiber, folate, and antioxidants are all present in this veggie, and you can get almost your entirely daily intake of Vitamin C from a cup-sized serving. Studies also show that people who eat broccoli have lower rates of cancer, and actually, fight off infection with a faster immune response.
Start Eating the Good Stuff
Even if you hated everything on this list, you might have to overcome your taste aversions so your body can get what it needs. There are always similar foods that can give you at least part of what these foods give you, so even if you can’t get the full impact at least, you can make a dent. If you want a little jumpstart on clean eating, Eden’s organic cleanses help rid your body of all the junk you have unwittingly been putting into your body. Cleansing your body allows you to start from a better place, where these foods can actually do their work. Remember: the only place you can’t find these minerals, vitamins and nutrients are in a box. Eat real food, and your body will thank you for it!