The Five Healthiest Foods Pt
The Top Five Healthiest Foods (Part Two) There are so many
nutritious foods but some deserve an honorable mention.
Berries of all forms be they strawberries, raspberries,
cranberries, blueberries or blackberries are some of the most
nutritious of all fruits. Berries are full of vitamin C, fiber,
folate as well as phytonutrients Berries are excellent cancer
fighting agents and are full of antioxidants.
Blueberries for example are believed to be higher in their
antioxidant properties than are strawberries and they are
useful in helping people as they age as short-term memory loss
is lessened thanks to consuming plenty of blueberries.
Berries are very simple fruits to prepare- all you need to
do is wash them thoroughly and either cut them up or eat them
as is. Berries do not require peeling like other fruits such as
oranges or peaches do. Eat berries on their own or in a dessert
such as strawberry shortcake. Whole grains are full of B
vitamins, as well as vitamin E, fiber, magnesium and iron.
Whole grains are also very rich in antioxidants and contain
some that are not found in fruits or vegetables. According to
the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans it is recommended
that eat plenty of grains on a daily basis and half of all
grains eaten should be whole grains, which works out to be
three to five servings of whole grains on a regular basis.
Always use whole-wheat flour when you bake as opposed to
white flour. White flour is refined and is very bad for the
body. When you buy such foods as breads, pasta, biscuits and
cereal always look for the word whole on the packaging.
Another way to add whole grains to your diet is to eat more
brown rice, wild rice, barley or quinoa. Try experimenting with
different ways to add these wholegrain products to recipes,
such as adding barley or quinoa to soups and casseroles.
Apples did not make the list of the top five healthy list
but if there were a list of the top ten healthy foods this
fruit would definitely be on it.
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Apples are rich in vitamin C, which, besides its many
benefits, is instrumental in aiding the body in absorbing other
types of nutrients such as folate and iron. Apples contain a
substance called pectin and pectin is similar to fiber in that
it helps to decrease cholesterol and glucose in the blood.
Wheat germ is the heart of the wheat seed and it is filled with
Wheat germ is not the tastiest food in the
world so it is best to sprinkle it on cereal, porridge or
yogurt. Wheat germ can also be added to batter when you are
baking cookies, muffins, biscuits or pancakes. Wheat germ is
rich in folate, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, thiamine and
zinc. Two tablespoons a day is enough to optimize its health
Fresh fish is an excellent source of omega-3
fatty acids and these omeg-3 fatty acids help
to reduce inflammation and can reduce your
Thiamine is particularly beneficial for the
proper functioning of the nerves while phosphorous encourages
the development of strong teeth and bones. Iron, folate
magnesium and zinc are all minerals that support healing in the
body and are essential fro the growth of children.