100 Best Health Foods – Volume 8: 36-40

Are you creating optimal health & performance with each & every food choice?

To help you on your way check out this countdown of the top 100 Best Health foods.

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 & performance.

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  1. Red Cabbage

Nutrition per 100g

Calories:   31

Fat:  1

Carbohydrates:  7.37 g

Sugars:  3.91 g

Fibre:  2.1 g

Protein:  1.43 g

Potassium:  243 mg

 

Benefits:

  • Red Cabbage contains a variety of cancer-fighting compounds.
  • It is low on the glycemic index – making it a great choice for your daily diet.
  • Red cabbage contains anthocyanin which may help protect against alzheimers disease.

 

Interesting Facts:

  • The use of cabbage in meals dates back to the 1600’s – making it one of the oldest vegetables.
  • Drinking cabbage juice is known to help in curing stomach & intestinal ulcers.

 

 

  1. Seaweed

Nutrition per 100g

Calories:  45

Fat:  6

Carbohydrates:  9.14 g

Sugars:  0.65 g

Fibre: 0.5 g

Protein:  3.03 g

Potassium:  50 mg

 

Benefits:

  • Seaweed is rich in iodine which can help the body’s metabolism.
  • It is low in calories & includes a gel-like substance called agar which helps you to feel satiated.

 

Interesting Facts:

  • In ancient Polynesia people used seaweed to treat wounds, bruises & swellings.
  • In ancient times, seaweed was known as a “Sailor’s Cure”.
  • In China, certain seaweed species have been used to treat cancer.

 

  1. Mushrooms

Nutrition per 100g

Calories: 22

Fat: 3

Carbohydrates:  3.28 g

Sugars:  1.65 g

Fibre:  1 g

Protein:  3.09 g

Potassium: 318 mg

 

Benefits:

  • Mushrooms contain compounds that boost the immune system, prevent cancers, infections & auto-immune diseases such as lupus & arthritis.
  • Ideal source of healthy protein for vegetarians & dieters.

 

Interesting Facts:

  • Because mushrooms are a fungus, they do not require sunlight to make energy for themselves.
  • Traditional Chinese medicine has utlised the medical properties of mushrooms for centuries.
  • China is the largest producer of edible mushrooms – providing around half of all cultivated mushrooms.
  • There are over 30 species of mushrooms that glow in the dark.

 

 

  1. Sweet Potatoes

Nutrition per 100g

Calories: 86

Fat: 0

Carbohydrates:  20.12 g

Sugars:  4.18 g

Fibre: 3 g

Protein:  1.57 g

Potassium:  337 mg

 

Benefits:

  • Sweet Potatoes contain carotenes which help to fight cancer.
  • They are low on the glycemic index making them an ideal addition to your daily diet.
  • They are high in potassium which helps to regulate bodily fluids & prevent fluid retention.

 

Interesting Facts:

  • You can eat the entire sweet potato plant. The leaves, shoots & stems are actually very nutritious.
  • Sweet Potatoes & chickpea miso may help with digestion.

 

 

  1. Onions

Nutrition per 100g

Calories:  42

Fat: 1

Carbohydrates:  10.11 g

Sugars:  4.28 g

Fibre: 1.4 g

Protein:  0.92 g

Potassium:  144 mg

 

Benefits:

  • Onions can help protect against several forms of cancer, including lung cancer.
  • They help protect the heart & circulatory system & may help to increase “good” cholesterol.
  • They act as an anti-inflammatory which help the symptoms of arthritis.
  • Onions act as an antibacterial & help to control colds.
  • They can help regulate insulin response.

 

Interesting Facts:

  • Ancient Egyptian Pharos used to bury their dead with onions as a symbol of eternity.
  • Ancient Greeks used onions to strengthen athletes before competing in the Olympic Games – they would eat copious amounts of onions, drink onion juice & rub them on their bodies.
  • China produces over 20 million tons of onions

 

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 use fruits as a snack in between larger meals.

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

Keep an eye out for more articles that expand on these points soon….

 

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

100 Best Health Foods – Volume 7

 

 

Resources:

https://www.fatsecret.com/calories-nutrition/usda/red-cabbage?portionid=59041&portionamount=100.000

http://topfoodfacts.com/8-interesting-facts-about-cabbage/

http://www.skininc.com/articleaddons/46660367.html

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/food/mushrooms.html

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-11202/10-fun-facts-about-sweet-potatoes.html

 

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