What Are The 10 Healthiest Food On The Planet?

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Recently, my office mate challenged me to name the 10 healthiest food. I found this very intriguing because, literally, there are thousands of food from which to choose! After pondering this question, it occurred to me that, most Americans get more than their fair share of meat and dairy products and thus, need no urging to include this food in their diets. We all know that excessive amount of fats, sugar and processed food are not good for us. This narrows our selection for the 10 healthiest food we should be consuming. While being ultra-rich in nutrients and cancer-fighting antioxidants, fruits and vegetables are perhaps the most neglected items on our menus.
Take a look at our list of 10 healthiest food and see if you do not agree that plenteous portions of these fruits and vegetables should not play a starring role at your table. You may be surprised to learn that each of this food has medicinal properties as well.
1. Berries: Nearly all berries are rejuvenating tonics for the heart and blood. Several studies have shown that a daily serving of berries, which is rich in potassium, can decrease the risk of stroke by as much as 40%. Most berries have antiviral properties in varying degrees and excellent as blood purifiers. It also work wonders for your complexion!
2. Broccoli: Like most dark, green leafy vegetables, broccoli is equally packed with nutrients and antioxidants. Broccoli has been shown to speed up the recovery period. Naturopathic physicians recommend generous daily servings of broccoli to patients recuperating from a lengthy illness.
3. Avocado: This fruit is reported to contribute in lowering blood cholesterol levels. In a V.A. Study, patients ranging from 27-72 years old were given 1/2-1 ¼ avocados each day. Around 50% of the patients experienced a decrease in serum cholesterol, ranging from 9-43%. Given that, we all need to monitor our cholesterol levels, and this tasty fruit deserves a spot on our list of 10 healthiest food. Avocado is also beneficial in cases of psoriasis and eases deep muscle inflammation.
4. Bamboo shoots: Aside from being a good partner to a fried rice dish, bamboo shoots are considered as an ancient remedy for peptic or duodenal ulcers.
5. Bananas:  Another fruit that makes it to the list for a number of reasons is banana.  It is high in fiber, and good for digestive system. It also makes an ideal mid-morning snack or breakfast dish. A study conducted with blue-collar women workers showed that, daily consumption of bananas reduced their incidence of illness, while improving morale, attentiveness and energy levels. Another retirement home study also mentioned that all 117 residents no longer suffered from digestive disorders, and they only consumed one banana a day!
6. Garlic and Onions: Both coming from allium family, this pair should be included in as many dishes as appropriate to your taste.  Called as “miracle’ food”, garlic and onion contain allicin, an active constituent which produces medicinal benefits. Both can prevent blood clots, reduce high blood pressure, reduce the “bad” cholesterol while raising the “good”, increase longevity and eliminate worms – in both man and beast! Type 2 diabetics benefit from garlic and onions in reduced blood sugar levels. Garlic is also a natural antibiotic.
7. Olive Oil: Well known as a healthful and tasty alternative to many other cooking oils, olive oil has heart-healthy and cancer preventative properties. Olive oil also reduces the “bad” cholesterol levels, without adversely affecting the “good” cholesterol. In countries where olive oil is the primary source of dietary fat, the incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, ovary and colon are markedly lower when compared with data from 30 other countries, where olive oil is not generally used.
8. Parsley: It may seem a surprising choice in our 10 healthiest foods. Packed with vitamins A and C, parsley provides more protection against cancer than you might have imagined. Parsley contains more histadine, an important amino acid that inhibits tumor development than any other vegetable. Put it in omelets, soups, sandwiches, gravies and salads. It’s also an excellent breath freshener!
9. Peppers:  Whether sweet or hot, peppers are surely one of the 10 healthiest foods. Habaneros bring relief to arthritis sufferers and dramatically reduce blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics. Generally, the hotter the pepper, the greater its medicinal benefits are. Cayenne pepper serves as a cholesterol lowering antidote to a greasy, fried meat entree. When indulging in such a meal, make your beverage with an 8-ounce glass of tomato juice, spiked with 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice. Consuming hot peppers regularly also prevents blood clots. Ironically, cayenne capsules (1 capsule, 2-3 times daily) help heal ulcers.
10. Kiwifruit: It is relatively newcomer to the American supermarket, but has rapidly gained in popularity. Kiwifruit is usually available fresh, as a fruit or as juices (purely kiwi or mix with strawberries!).  Its sweet taste favors the kids. It’s a great choice for dieters, with about 46 calories per average sized fruit, loaded with vitamins C, E and niacin. It is highly recommended for people on hypertensive medication, due to its high (average 250mg) potassium content. Anecdotal reports gathered from medical anthropologists investigations indicate that,  kiwifruit eaten three times daily, dramatically reduces nigh blood pressure to normal levels within just a couple of months! That’s not all. This cute and tasty fruit also provides relief from heartburn and acid indigestion.
All of these 10 healthiest food are readily available, easy additions to a variety of menu. Hopefully, you will be encouraged to start piling on these veggies towards a better health!

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