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More of the Healthiest Foods

by Mackenzie M. November 24th, 2011 | Nutrition
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It has been a few months since I wrote about “Five of the Healthiest Foods,” and in that time I have discovered several more foods that are absolutely delicious, and absolutely healthy for you. Some are well-known “super foods,” and others are hometown staples that have recently gained attention from nutritionists and scientists alike.

Like the five foods I previously wrote about, these items will not only make you feel more energetic and well, but they will also supplement your daily diet with much needed vitamins and minerals. Also keep in mind, these items can be found at most local grocery stores.

Salmon

Wild caught salmon contains a much higher level of Omega-3s than farm-raised, and it contains a plethora of health benefits. Wild salmon even gets its beautiful red/pink color from a powerful and important antioxidant known as astaxathin. Because it is full of protein, omega-3s, and an abnormally high number of antioxidants, salmon earns a place on the list of healthiest foods. It really is no wonder the people of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest have been surviving off of it for centuries.

Tea

Tea is the second most widely consumed beverage in the world after water. Black, oolong, white, green, and yerba matte are all exploding with health benefits, including antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. Most teas are even known to prevent nearly all forms of cancer, as well as boost your metabolism and immune system. Drinking tea is the perfect way to supplement a meal for full nutrition. Also, a cup before a meal should cause you to consume less calories.

Onions and Garlic

Garlic and onions have been used for generations for medicinal and nutritional purposes. Scientific studies have shown that it can do so much more than ward off vampires. Garlic has antimicrobial effects and lowers the risk of heart disease. Onions have also been shown to battle against certain types of cancer.

Apples

Apples are full of nutritional benefits such as fiber, important minerals, and phytochemicals known to fight inflammation and cancer. The old saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” has never rang more true with all of the recent scientific research proving the positive health effects of this fruit. And remember, when slicing an apple, leave the skin on as it is filled with the most concentrated levels of fiber and vitamins. So stock up on this easy-to-eat, easy-to-transport food.

Eggs

Although not vegan-friendly, the egg has been known as one of the greatest foods found on Earth. The yolk is the most important and healthy portion of the egg, and should be consumed right along with the rest of the egg. The fat in the eggs provided nourishment to our ancestors who lived thousands of years ago, and it still provides the greatest nutritional benefits today. Try them hardboiled or chopped in a salad!

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