100 Best Health Foods – Volume 6: 26-30

Are you eating in a way that helps to create optimal health & performance?

My goal is to help you do so with this countdown of the top 100 Best Health foods.

…Pick up with the next 5 in 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.

 


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  1. Tomatoes

Nutrition per 100g

Calories:  18

Fat:  2

Carbohydrates:  3.92 g

Sugars:  2.63 g

Fibre:  1.2 g

Protein:  0.88 g

Potassium:  237 mg

 

Benefits:  

  • Tomatoes are an excellent source of lycopene which can help to prevent prostate cancer.
  • They are a great source of potassium which helps to regulate bodily fluids.
  • They are rich in quercetin & lutein which can help prevent cataracts & keep heart & eyes healthy.
  • They contain salicylates which can have an anticoagulant effect.

 

Interesting Facts:

  • Eating cooked tomatoes can act as a sort of internal sunscreen – helping to block UV rays.
  • Technically tomatoes are a fruit.

 

 

  1. Spinach

Nutrition per 100g

Calories:  23

Fat:  4

Carbohydrates:  3.63 g

Sugars:  0.42 g

Fibre:  2.2 g

Protein:  2.86 g

Potassium: 558 mg

 

Benefits:  

  •  Spinach is filled with flavonoid & carotene which can protect against many forms of cancer.
  • It is packed with vitamin C, folate & other nutrients that help maintain artery health & prevent atherosclerosis.
  • It has a high vitamin K content which can help to boost bone density.

 

Interesting Facts:

  • Medieval artists used spinach to extract green pigment to create ink or paint.
  • Spinach leaves act as a mild diuretic & laxative.

 

 

  1. Garlic

Nutrition per 100g

Calories:  149

Fat:  4

Carbohydrates:  33.06 g

Sugars:  1 g

Fibre:  2.1 g

Protein:  6.36 g

Potassium:  401 mg

 

Benefits:

  • Garlic may prevent formation of blood clots & arterial plaque which can prevent heart disease.

 

  • Garlic acts as a natural antibiotic, antiviral & antifungal.

 

  • It can help prevent stomach ulcers & regular consumption may significantly reduce the risk of colon, prostate & stomach cancers.

 

Interesting Facts:

  • Garlic is one of the oldest cultivated crops. The builders of the Great Pyramid of Egypt used to eat it – they thought that garlic gave them strength.
  • In ancient Greece, Hippocrates used garlic vapours to treat cervical cancer.

 

 

  1. Artichokes

Nutrition per 100g

Calories:  84

Fat:  26

Carbohydrates:  13.59 g

Sugars:  1.2 g

Fibre:  6.5 g

Protein:  4.21 g

Potassium:  429 mg

 

Benefits:

  • Artichokes are a rich source of calcium, iron & antioxidant mineral magnesium which can help support bone & heart health.
  • They are a good source of vitamin C, folate & fibre.
  • They are low in calories & low on the glycemic index – making them a great choice for your daily menu.

 

Interesting Facts:

  • The Greeks & Romans thought artichokes to be an aphrodisiac.
  • Until the 16th century women were prohibited from eating artichokes in many countries because of their aphrodisiac properties.

 

 

  1. Fennel

Nutrition per 100g

Calories:  31

Fat:  0.2 g

Carbohydrates:  7.3 g

Sugars:  3.9 g

Fibre:  3.1 g

Protein:  1.2 g

 

Benefits:

  • Fennel is a diuretic which acts as a digestive aid & antiflatulent.
  • It is a great anti-inflammatory.
  • Fennel is rich in antioxidant compounds which help with disease prevention.

 

 

Interesting Facts:

  • Fennel can grow to a height of 5 feet high.
  • Fennel leaves can be frozen just before the plants flower. The seeds can be dried & saved in airtight jars for future use.
  • Ancient Romans believed that fennel would help to control obesity

 

 

Things to Remember…

 

There are plenty of healthy foods to choose from but the real trick to optimal health & fitness is:

  • When is the optimal time to consume the food &
  • How much should you consume for optimal results.

Remember, when you eat too much of a healthy food or eat at the wrong times throughout the day you will you will tip your system out of balance carrying you away from your optimal state.

Watch for more articles about these points later on.

Next, always remember to check with your doctor before drastically changing your diet or exercise habits; & remember to eat fruit as a snack along with a balanced diet throughout the entire day.

 

 

To Your Best Health,

ShapeTrainer Daniel Grant

 

 

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P.P.S.   If you missed the first 5 volumes, read them here:

 

100 Best Health Foods – Volume 1

100 Best Health Foods – Volume 2

100 Best Health Foods – Volume 3

100 Best Health Foods – Volume 4

100 Best Health Foods – Volume 5

 

 

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

 

 

Resources:

http://www.herbinfosite.com/?page_id=363

http://www.wherefoodcomesfrom.com/article/145-2416/Fun-Facts-About-Artichokes#.VOuPmvnF-uI

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

 

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