Saturday, January 17, 2009

Worlds Healthiest Foods

I found an article here describing the worlds healthiest foods. And their basis on coming to this conclusions was pretty darned simple. Here are their parameters:

1) They are most nutritious
2) They are whole foods
3) They are familiar foods
4) They are readily available
5) They are affordable
6) They taste good

I am eliminating the meat portion of these foods, but you can grab thee entire article for your friends who still may be consume meat and would like to see the better options out there for them.

Vegetables:
Asparagus, Avocados, Beets, Bell Peppers, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Collard Greens, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Fennel, Garlic, Green Beans, Green Peas, Kale, Leeks, Mushrooms (Crimini, Shiitake), Mustard Greens, Olives, Onions, Potatoes, Romaine Lettuce, Sea Vegetables, Spinach, Squash (Summer, Winter), Sweet Potatoes, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, Turnip Greens, Yams


Fruits:
Apples, Apricots, Bananas, Blueberries, Cantaloupe, Cranberries, Figs, Grapefruit, Grapes, Kiwi, Lemons/Limes, Oranges, Papaya, Pears, Pineapple, Plums, Prunes, Raisins, Raspberries, Strawberries, Watermelon

Low Fat Dairy:
Cheese-Low fat, Eggs, Milk-2%-Cows, Goats milk, Yogurt (This is debatable in some arenas)

Beans/Legumes:
Black Beans, Dried Peas, Garbanzo/Chick Peas, Kidney beans, Lentils, Lima Beans, Miso, Navy Beans, Pinto Beans, Soy beans, Tempeh, Tofu

Nuts and seeds:
Almonds, Cashews, Flax seeds, Olive oil/extra virgin, Peanuts, Pumpkin seeds, Sesame seeds, Sunflower seeds, Walnuts

Grains:
Barley, Brown Rice, Buckwheat, Corn, Millet , Oats, Quinoa, Rye, Spelt, Whole Wheat

Spice and Herbs:
Basil, Black Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, Chili Pepper/dried, Cilantro/Coriander seeds, Cinnamon/ground, Cloves, Cumin seeds, Dill, Ginger, Mustard seeds, Oregano, Parsley, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, Turmeric

Natural Sweeteners:
Blackstrap Molasses, Cane Juice, Honey, Maple Syrup, Agave Nectar (I added this one myself)

Other:
Green tea, Soy Sauce (tamari), Water

There are meat options in the entire article, but since I am no longer inclined to believe that any meat product is good for you I left that portion out of this. But if you choose to read thee entire article, you can find it here. Decide for yourself what is right or wrong for your home and your family. Only you can make that decision.

2 comments:

River said...

Oh the fabulous foods we could all create in your kitchen! All while watching the GGs! Too bad Florida is never assigned to us.

Most of the yummiest foods are on that list! Lucky us! If only chocolate was there too...

Chef Chuck said...

Thanks so much for this list of Life Health Foods!