100 Best Health Foods – Volume 3

Are you stocking your pantry & fridge with foods that help stimulate optimal health & fitness?

My goal is to help you do so with the help of this countdown of the top 100 Best Health foods.  If you missed the first 2 volumes, read them here:

 100 Best Health Foods – Volume 1

100 Best Health Foods – Volume 2 

…or simply pick up with the next 5 on the list below.

Below are 5 more of the healthiest foods available along with more information about their nutrition, benefits & interesting facts that can help bring about optimal health & fitness.

 

lemons

 

 

  1. Lemons

Nutrition per 100g

Calories: 29

Fat: Trace

Protein: 1.1 g

Carbohydrates: 9.32 g

Fibre: 1.6 g

Sugars: 2.5 g

Vitamin C:  2.8 g

Potassium: 138 mg

 

Benefits:

Lemon juice is great for flavouring drinks & enhancing the flavour of many meals & dishes.

Lemons are also:

  • A great source of Vitamin C
  • Great for its disinfecting & insectiside properties.
  • Helps to strengthen veins & prevent fluid retention thanks to its rutin content.
  • Lemons help to clean the bowels
  • They help to restore the pH balance of the body (they actually have an alkaline increasing effect in the body even though most would consider them acidic).
  • They have proven to destroy intestinal worms.
  • The potent phytonutrient tangeretin contained in lemon peels is proven to be effective in treating brain disorders such as Parkinson’s disease.

Interesting Facts:

  • During the Renaissance ladies would use lemons to redden their lips.
  • Lemons have proven to help prevent scurvy. To this day the British Navy requires ships to carry enough lemons that each sailor can have one ounce of juice per day at sea.

 

  1. Grapefruits

Nutrition per 100g

Calories: 42

Fat: Trace

Protein: 0.77 g

Carbohydrates: 10.66 g

Fibre: 1.6 g
Sugars: 6.89 g

Vitamin C:  31.2 mg

Potassium: 135 mg

 

Benefits:

  • Grapefruits are high in antioxidants which can prevent certain types of cancers.
  • They are rich in vitamin C which helps to boost the immune system.
  • Grapefruits help those with asthma to reduce bouts of wheezing.

 

 

Interesting Facts:

  • Grapefruit trees can reach 25 to 30 feet tall & can produce more than 1,500 pounds of fruit.

 

 

  1. Cherries

Nutrition per 100g

Calories: 63

Fat: Trace

Protein: 1 g

Carbohydrates: 16 g

Fibre: 2 g

Sugars: 13 g

Vitamin C:  10 mg

Potassium: 222 mg

 

Benefits:

  • Cherries are high in antioxidants which are great to protect the heart & prevent signs of aging.
  • Cherries are rich in quercetin which can help to prevent certain cancers.
  • They are rich in cyaniding to alleviate arthritis & inflammatory diseases (useful against doubt).

 

Interesting Facts:

  • Cherries belong to the rose family.
  • There are more than 1,000 different varieties of cherry tree – of those only about 10 varieties are produced commercially.

 

 

  1. Strawberries

Nutrition per 100g

Calories: 49

Fat: Trace

Protein: 1 g

Carbohydrates: 12 g

Fibre: 3 g

Sugars: 7 g

Potassium: 56.7 mg

 

Benefits:

  • Strawberries are rich in vitamin c which can help boost the immune system & prevent certain cancers.
  • Strawberries contain anthocyanins which help to lower ‘bad’ cholesterol.
  • They are a useful source of fibre, potassium, folate & zeaxanthin which is healthy for the eyes.

 

Interesting Facts:

  • Strawberries are the only fruit that bear their seeds on the outside instead of the inside.
  • Strawberries are not actually true berries, technically because the berry is on the outside they are considered by botanists to be a whole separate fruit.
  • Strawberries are members of the rose family.

 

  1. Raspberries

Nutrition per 100g

Calories: 52

Fat: 1 g

Protein: 1 g

Carbohydrates: 12 g

Fibre: 6 g

Sugars: 4 g

Vitamin C:  26.2 mg

Potassium: 9.6 mg

 

Benefits:

  • Raspberries may help to prevent varicose veins.
  • One portion contains approximately half a day’s recommended intake of vitamin C.
  • Raspberries can help to lower high blood pressure.
  • They have anti-inflammatory properties which can help reduce joint inflammation.
  • They are high in antioxidants helping to clear your body of free radicals (toxins & waste substances)

 

Interesting Facts:

  • Raspberries are different from blackberries in that raspberries have a hollow core in the middle & blackberries do not.
  • There are over 200 species of raspberries.
  • Once a raspberry has been picked it will not ripen any further.

 

As always, remember to check with your doctor before drastically changing your diet or exercise habits.  Remember to use fruit as a snack & eat all foods in moderation & along with a balanced diet throughout the entire day.

I can you through the details of how much, when & what foods exactly in my Scientific Eating System. More about that another time.

For now enjoy each meal keeping in mind the knowledge you’ve been reminded of within this series of articles.

 

 

To Your Best Health,

ShapeTrainer Daniel Grant

 

 

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P.S. Keep an eye out for the next installments of the 100 Best Health Foods!

 

 

 

Resources:

100 Best Health Foods, The ultimate superfoods for healthy living including 100 nutritious recipes, Love Food

http://www.sunkist.com/kids/facts/lemons.asp

http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/2053/2

https://www.fatsecret.com/calories-nutrition/generic/lemon-raw?portionid=53948&portionamount=100.000

http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/2064/2

http://topfoodfacts.com/fact-of-the-day-grapefruit/

http://ezinearticles.com/?Interesting-Facts-About-Raspberries&id=2347577

 

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