100 Best Health Foods – Volume 17: 81 – 85

Do you know if you’re stocking your pantry & fridge with items to help create optimal health & performance?

I have provided this countdown of the top 100 Best Health foods to help you do so.

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. Chilies

Nutrition per 100g

Calories:   101

Fat:  3.27 g

Carbohydrates:  8.67 g

Sugars:  0

Fibre: 0

Protein:  9.73 g

 

Benefits:

  • Chilies contain capsaicin which can relieve pain & inflammation associated with arthritis.  There is also some proof that it helps to aid in weight loss.
  • They are filled with antioxidants which help to counter the effects of the aging process.
  • They help to lower ‘bad’ cholesterol & reduce the risk of blood clots.
  • Chilies are rich in vitamin C & carotenes which boost the immune system.

 

Interesting Facts:

  • The Chiltepin chili pepper was used as a tax – paid to Aztec emperors.
  • Chili strength is measured in Scoville Heat Units (SHUs)
  • The hottest part of a chili is where the seed is attached to the white membrane inside the pepper.

 

  1. Cinnamon

Nutrition per 100g

Calories:  261

Fat:  3.19 g

Carbohydrates:  79.85 g

Sugars:  2.17 g

Fibre:  54.3 g

Protein:  3.89 g

Potassium:  500 mg

 

Benefits:

  •  Cinnamon is an antibacterial & an antifungal.
  • It helps to prevent blood clots
  • It may help to lower ‘bad’ cholesterol & blood sugars.
  • Cinnamon helps to beat indigestion & bloating.

 

Interesting Facts:

  • Some believe that cinnamon can help treat the common cold & cure pimples.

 

For More Interesting Facts About the Benefits of Cinnamon Click Here

 

 

  1. Cumin Seeds

Nutrition per 100g

Calories:  375

Fat: 22 g

Carbohydrates:  44 g

Sugars:  2 g

Fibre: 11 g

Protein:  18 g

Potassium:  1,788 mg

 

Benefits:

  • Cumin seeds help to improve digestion.
  • They may help to prevent cancer.
  • Cumin seeds contain antiseptic properties.
  • They are rich in iron which supports healthy blood.

 

Interesting Facts:

  • At some points in history cumin was used to pay taxes.
  • Cumin is the second most popular spice in the world after black pepper.

 

  1. Ginger

Nutrition per 100g

Calories:  80

Fat:  7

Carbohydrates:  17.77 g

Sugars:  1.7 g

Fibre:  2 g

Protein:  1.82 g

Potassium:  415 mg

 

Benefits: 

  • Ginger is an effective prescription medicine which helps to relieve motion sickness without producing drowsiness.
  • It is proven to provide relief from the pain of arthritis.
  • It is often used as a digestive aid.

 

Interesting Facts:

  • Throughout centuries ginger has been said to be an aphrodisiac.
  • The most unique form of ginger is from Fiji island- this ginger is famous for having high doses of oleoresin which gives it a unique smell.

 

  1. Nutmeg

Nutrition per 100g

Calories:  525

Fat:  36 g

Carbohydrates:  49 g

Sugars: 3 g

Fibre:  21 g

Protein:  5.8 g

 

Benefits:

  • Nutmeg is known as a mild sedative.
  • It helps to prevent blood clots & cardiovascular disease.
  • Helps with satiety (feeling full)

 

Interesting Facts:

  • Nutmeg comes from a tree in the Banda Islands of Indonesia.  It produces two different types of spices: Nutmeg & Mace.

 

Things to Remember…

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

  • When is the optimal time to consume the food &
  • How much should you consume for optimal results
  • Eat fruit as a snack rather than with your regular 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 you away from your optimal state.

Watch for more articles about these points soon.

Finally, remember to always check with your doctor before drastically changing your diet or exercise habit.

 

 

To Your Best Health,

ShapeTrainer Daniel Grant

 

 

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P.S. If you  missed any of the previous volumes, please find them here below. & remember to keep an eye out for the next installments of the 100 Best Health Foods!

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

100 Best Health Foods: Volume 8

100 Best Health Foods: Volume 9

100 Best Health Foods: Volume 10

100 Best Health Foods: Volume 11

100 Best Health Foods: Volume 12

100 Best Health Foods: Volume 13

100 Best Health Foods: Volume 14

100 Best Health Foods: Volume 15

100 Best Health Foods: Volume 16

 

 

Resources:

 

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

http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/top10facts/463985/Top-10-facts-about-chillies

https://www.fatsecret.com/caloriesnutrition/usda/cinnamon?portionid=56603&portionamount=100.000

http://www.cookinginajiffy.com/interesting-facts-about-cinnamon/

http://blog.americanspice.com/index.php/fun-facts-on-cumin/

https://www.finedininglovers.com/stories/ginger-beer-recipes-benefits/

http://ciaoflorentina.com/2011/05/21/nutmeg-facts/

 

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