100 Best Health Foods – Volume 7: 31-35

Are you buying foods that help to create optimal health & fitness?

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. Kale

Nutrition per 100g

Calories:   50

Fat:  6

Carbohydrates:  10.01 g

Sugars:  Trace

Fibre:  2 g

Protein:  3.3 g

Potassium:  447 mg

 

Benefits:

 

  • Kale is rich in flavonoids & antioxidants to fight cancer
  • Kale is packed full of calcium & carotenes which are great for healthy bones & eyes.
  • It contains indoles which can help to prevent cancer & lower ‘bad’ cholesterol.

 

 

Interesting Facts:

 

  • Kale has more vitamin C than an Orange
  • It is important to choose organic kale – According to the Environmental Working Group kale is one of the most likely crops to hold residual pesticides! So eat organic.

 

 

  1. Celery

Nutrition per 100g

Calories:  14

Fat:  2

Carbohydrates:  2.97 g

Sugars: 1.83 g

P Fibre:  1.6 g

rotein:  0.69 g

Potassium:  260 mg

 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Calcium content helps to protect bones & regulate blood pressure.
  • It may offer protection from inflammation.

 

 

Interesting Facts:

 

  • Beginning in the Middle Ages celery was used as a medicinal plant to treat insomnia, gout, rheumatism, anxiety, toothaches & arthritis.

 

  1. Asparagus

Nutrition per 100g

Calories:   20

Fat:  1

Carbohydrates:  3.88 g

Sugars:  1.88 g

Fibre:  2.1 g

Protein:  2.2 g

Potassium:  202 mg

 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Contains high levels of glutathione which acts as an anti-inflammatory.
  • Asparagus is rich in iron which promotes healing, fights infection & ensures higher energy levels.

 

 

Interesting Facts:

 

  • It takes 3 years from the time seeds are planted to the time they are harvested.
  • White asparagus is a result of spears created in the absence of sunlight.
  • White asparagus is one of the most labour-intensive vegetables to grow.

 

 

  1. Peas

Nutrition per 100g

Calories:  81

Fat: 4

Carbohydrates:  14.46 g

Sugars:  5.67 g

Fibre:  5.1 g

Protein:  5.42 g

Potassium: 244 mg

 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Peas contain several nutrients & chemicals that are helpful to the heart.
  • Peas are rich in carotenes which protect eyes & can reduce the risk of certain cancers.
  • Pease are high in fibre & vitamin C.

 

 

Interesting Facts:

 

  • The oldest pea was found in Thailand over 3,000 years ago.
  • It is estimated that over 9,000 peas are eaten per person each year in Britain.

 

 

 

  1. Beets

Nutrition per 100g

Calories:  43

Fat:  2

Carbohydrates:  9.56 g

Sugars:  6.76 g

Fibre:  2.8 g

Protein:  1.61 g

Potassium:  325 mg

 

 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Beets contain betaine which can help lower blood pressure & act as an anti-inflammatory.
  • Beets contain nitrates which can help prevent blood clots & anthocyanins which can help prevent cancer.

 

 

Interesting Facts:

 

  • Beetroot is one of the earliest known aphrodisiacs dating back to Roman times.
  • The red pigment in beetroot is used to colour strawberry jam, potato paste, sauces & strawberry ice cream.

 

 

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 to eat fruits as a snack apart from larger meals.

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.

 

 

To Your Best Health,

ShapeTrainer Daniel Grant

 

 

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P.S. If you missed the first 6 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

100 Best Health Foods – Volume 6

 

 

p.p.s Keep an eye out for the next installments of the 100 Best Health Foods!

 

 

 

Resources:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/30/kale-facts-nutrition-info_n_3671210.html

http://modernfarmer.com/2014/04/10-surprising-facts-asparagus/

http://www.thefactsite.com/2013/08/interesting-pea-facts.html

http://www.lovebeetroot.co.uk/fastfacts/#.VOuMpvnF-uI

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

 

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