It seems like every week, there’s some study that proves one food is more “super” than another. Are avocados good or bad, and what about quinoa? If you’re wondering which are the healthiest foods in the world, not just this week, but forever, keep reading. I’ve compiled the best of the best super-foods according to dozens of sources, from Fitness to Forbes magazine. Here are the 10 healthiest foods in the world.
While they’re only in season a short while, blueberries freeze well, so you can enjoy their antioxidant packed goodness all year long. They’re one of the USDA’s top picks for antioxidant-rich foods. They’re also a great source of fiber — one tiny, tasty serving contains 4 grams of fiber.
2. Chia Seeds
Yes, I’m talking about the same little black seeds used in the world’s worst holiday gift, Chia Pets. These seeds are truly wondrous though, so set aside your Chia Pet bias and embrace them. Each little seed is packed with omega3’s, protein, and fiber. Not sure how to eat them? Drink them instead, in one of the Mamma Chia vitality drinks. So tasty, and such a unique texture!
This may sound odd, but one of the healthiest foods in the world is the walnut. Why? Because it’s loaded with healthy omega3 fatty acids, the kind of fatty acids we need to survive and thrive. They’re also an excellent natural source of melatonin, so if you’re having trouble sleeping, try a handful before bed.
4. Kiwi Fruit
Think oranges are the best source of immunity-boosting Vitamin C? Think again. The fuzzy little kiwi contains twice the amount of Vitamin C as the same-size orange, and it also boasts about the same amount of potassium as a banana (another incredible healthy food).
Did you know that while quinoa isn’t technically a grain, it looks, acts, and tastes like one? That makes this healthiest food in the world one of the most versatile, too. It’s ideal for adding to soups. It’s uber-healthy because it’s one of the only meatless ways to get complete protein (with all 9 essential amino acids).
6. Green Tea
This is one of the healthiest foods in the world, and it’s not even technically a food — it’s a drink. It’s been enjoyed around the world for centuries, and has been shown to be an excellent source of free radical-busting antioxidants as well as cancer-fighting chemicals called catechins. It also happens to be delicious, and all you need is three cups a day to reap its benefits.
The key to oats being one of the world’s healthiest foods is soluble fiber. We dieters know fiber is important because it makes us feel fuller, longer, but we health nuts also know soluble fiber is valuable in lowering cholesterol and preventing heart disease.
The humble green broccoli and its cousins — cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and kale — have all earned a spot among the healthiest foods in the world, mostly because they’re all loaded with plant chemicals called indoles, which have been shown to reduce the risk of certain types of cancers. Broccoli also contains a flavonoid called kaempferol, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory.
Lean proteins are an important part of any diet, and salmon is one of the healthiest foods in the world, because it’s an excellent source of lean protein. It’s also loaded with healthy omega-3’s and antioxidants, like one called astaxathin, which gives salmon its pink color. One note, though: Be sure you’re choosing wild salmon, not farm-raised salmon, which tends to have a much higher concentration of chemical contaminants.
Want healthy eyes and a decreased risk of some types of cancers? Then enjoy some spinach. It contains powerful eye health antioxidants, lutein and zeaxanthin, and a host of others than prevent cancer. This leafy green is tasty raw in a salad, cooked as a side dish, or added to a smoothie.
Every one of these wonder-foods has earned its place among the healthiest foods in the world, and a spot on my list of the yummiest foods in the world, too! I’ve fallen in love with Chia seeds and spinach lately, but which of these super foods is your favorite, and how do you eat it? Please share!