The Best and Worst Foods For Your Health

September 12, 2012

Food, Healthy Diet

Foods For Your Health

Foods For Your Health

If you’re looking for a nice and simple list to guide your eating choices – we’ve got it here! Here are the top ten healthiest foods to keep you in tip-top condition and ten of the worst you should be avoiding if you’re serious about staying fit and healthy!

Ten of the best superfoods

Berries are amongst the healthiest superfoods in existence, with Acai berries being hugely powerful and nutritious. They contain more calcium than milk and more antioxidants than even blueberries! You’ll love the sweet and chocolate-y flavour, whilst enjoying a hearty punch of amino acids and essential fatty acids into the mix! Pomegranates are also healthily packed with antioxidants and bilberries and blueberries contain many protective compounds that prevent ageing. Enjoy them in fruit salads, on top of cereals or blend them into smoothies.

Vegetables are natural superfoods and broccoli tops the chart, along with other green vegetables such as curly kale and watercress. Eat as often as possible! Other green foods such as wheat, barley grass and spirulina are also packed with nutrients, boosting our immune systems.

Seeds and nuts are wonderfully virtuous, especially pumpkin seeds, almonds and flax seeds. Buy them fresh and in small quantities and store in dark places. Organic eggs are another winner, being filled with great nutrients to maintain nerve, brain, hormone and gland health.

Coconut butter is receiving a lot of attention at the moment for being a super-healthy cooking oil and a great alternative to butter. Plain yoghurt helps the immune system and calcium aids with fat burning.

Grains such as brown rice, millet and barley are filled with vitamins, minerals and fibre that help manage weight and reduce the risk of illnesses such as diabetes, asthma and some cancers.

Ten of the worst – the baddies!

Soft drinks and even ‘diet drinks’ are terrible for us. The sugar varieties are packed with up to ten teaspoons of the white stuff and they are linked with obesity, osteoporosis, tooth decay and even heart disease. Even the diet versions have been linked with illness including cancer.

On a similar level, doughnuts are a true health demon. They play havoc with your natural blood sugar levels and provide a rapid high, followed by an equally rapid crash.

Food with transfats, also known as hydrogenated vegetable oil on food labels, should be avoided. This means cooking oils, margarines, burgers and prepared and packaged foods. These will raise your bad cholesterol levels and clog up your arteries.

Processed meats and bacon are full of salt, fat and nitrates, which can convert to compounds that have been linked to cancer. Pizza is another ‘baddie’, when loaded with processed meats and cheeses. The exception is if you enjoy traditional and fresh thin-based pizzas, loaded with vegetables and a little fresh mozzarella. Of course, chips are well known for being unhealthy, as they are packed with salt, fat and very little nutrients!

Surprisingly for many, seafood can also be a problem, as it can contain mercury, carry parasites and be contaminated (with salmonella for example). However, wild fish such as Alaskan salmon are excellent health options and full of good fats and protein.

Other foods to avoid include additives such as Aspartame, flavour enhancers such as MSG and processed or microwaved foods in general.

Post provided by Tony, a UK blogger on behalf of Nuffield Health Careers, who specialise in
hospital jobs.

The Best and Worst Foods For Your Health

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