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Saturday, May 17, 2014
The World's Healthiest Foods
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100 foods that can serve as the basis of
your Healthiest Way of Eating. Links to the articles about these
foods can be found below. In addition to questions about our foods,
we often get asked about beverages and sweeteners. In the beverage
category, water and green tea have been especially popular topics,
and in the sweetener category, so have blackstrap molasses, honey and
Of course, there are many other
nutritious foods other than those that we have included on our list
that we feel are wonderful, health-promoting foods; if there are
other whole foods - such as fruits, vegetables, nuts/seeds, whole
grains, etc - that you like, by all means enjoy them. Just because a
food is not on our list doesn't mean that we don't think that it can
be included in a diet geared towards the Healthiest Way of Eating as
long as it is a whole, natural, nutrient-rich food.
To find out why some of your favorite
nutritious foods are not included in our list, read The Criteria Used
to Select the World's Healthiest Foods.
Asparagus Garlic Squash, summer
Avocados Green beans Squash, winter
Beets Green Peas Sweet potatoes
Bell peppers Kale Swiss chard
Broccoli Leeks Tomatoes
Brussels sprouts Mushrooms, crimini Turnip greens
Cabbage Mushrooms, shiitake
Carrots Mustard greens
Cauliflower Olive oil, extra virgin
Collard greens Onions
Cucumbers Romaine lettuce
Eggplant Sea vegetables
Nuts & Seeds
Beans & Legumes
Garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
Poultry & Meats
Eggs & Dairy
Cow's milk, grass-fed
World's Healthiest Herbs & Spices
Chili pepper, dried
Cilantro & Coriander seeds
FAQs about the World's Healthiest Foods
Criteria for The World's Healthiest
Among the thousands of different foods
our world provides, the majority contain at least several of the
nutrients our bodies need but to be included as one of the World's
Healthiest Foods they had to meet the criteria listed below.
The criteria we used will also help you
understand why some of your favorite (and also nutritious) foods may
not be included on our list. For example, Readers have asked why
pomegranate, a very nutritious food, is not included on our website.
While pomegranates taste great and are rich in vitamins and flavonoid
phytonutrients, they are still rather expensive which makes them not
as widely available to many people.
1. The World's Healthiest Foods are the
Most Nutrient Dense
The World's Healthiest Foods have been
selected because they are among the richest sources of many of the
essential nutrients needed for optimal health. We used a concept
called nutrient density to determine which foods have the highest
Nutrient density is a measure of the
amount of nutrients a food contains in comparison to the number of
calories. A food is more nutrient dense when the level of nutrients
is high in relationship to the number of calories the food contains.
By eating the World's Healthiest Foods, you'll get all the essential
nutrients that you need for excellent health, including vitamins,
minerals, phytonutrients, essential fatty acids, fiber and more for
the least number of calories. Read more about Our Food and Recipe
2. The World's Healthiest Foods are
The World's Healthiest Foods are also
whole foods complete with all their rich natural endowment of
nutrients. They have not been highly processed nor do they contain
synthetic, artificial or irradiated ingredients. And whenever
possible, The Healthier Way of Eating recommends purchasing
"Organically Grown" foods, since they not only promote your
health, but also the health of our planet.
3. The World's Healthiest Foods are
The World's Healthiest Foods are common
"everyday" foods. These include the fruits, vegetables,
whole grains, nuts and seeds, lean meats, fish, olive oil, herbs and
spices that are familiar to most people.
4. The World's Healthiest Foods are
Although there are many foods that are
exceptionally nutritious, many of them are not readily available in
different areas of the country. The World's Healthiest Foods are
foods that the majority people can easily find at their local market.
5. The World's Healthiest Foods are
We have selected foods that are not
only familiar and available, but also affordable, especially if you
purchase them locally and in season. This is also the time when they
are the freshest and of the best quality.
6. The World's Healthiest Foods Taste
The World's Healthiest Foods are also
some of the world's best tasting foods. We have created recipes using
the World's Healthiest Foods that do not overpower, but enhance, the
unique flavor of each food. Each recipe provides a flavor adventure
so you can discover new ways to experience and enjoy the great
natural tastes of these foods.
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