100 Best Health Foods – Volume 18: 86 – 90

Are you sure that you are eating foods that will help to create optimal health & performance?

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

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. Turmeric

Nutrition per 100g

Calories:  354

Fat:  89

Carbohydrates:  64.93 g

Sugars:  3.21 g

Fibre: 21.1 g

Protein:  7.83 g

Potassium:  2,525 mg

 

Benefits:   

  • Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory.
  • It contains anti-cancer properties.
  • Turmeric helps to improve blood cholesterol profile.
  • It may help slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease & multiple sclerosis.

 

Interesting Facts:

  • Turmeric is used for everything from dying Easter eggs to whitening teeth.
  • It has also been used to customise foundation, spice up homemade soaps & embellish temporary tattoos.

 

  1. Peanuts

Nutrition per 100g

Calories:   567

Fat:  49.24 g

Carbohydrates:  16.13 g

Sugars: 3.97 g

Fibre:  8.5 g

Protein:  25.8 g

Potassium:  705 mg

 

Benefits:

  •  Peanuts are rich in antioxidants which help to protect against heart disease.
  • They are high in amino acids to boost mood & brain function.
  • Contains phytosterols which may help prevent colon cancer.
  • They are rich in monosaturated fats, which are linked with protection against heart disease.

 

 

Interesting Facts:

  • A peanut is not a nut but a legume related to beans & lentils.
  • Peanuts are naturally cholesterol-free.

 

  1. Cashews

Nutrition per 100g

Calories:  581

Fat:  430

Carbohydrates:  30.16 g

Sugars:  5.01 g

Fibre: 3.3 g

Protein:  16.84 g

Potassium:  632 mg

 

Benefits:

  • Cashews, if eaten regularly can help to significantly lower the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.
  • They are a good source of mono-saturated fats which link to protection from disease.
  • They are a good source of B vitamins which help to provide brain power & energy.
  • They are rich in zinc to boost the immune system.

 

Interesting Facts:

  • Cashews are grown out of apples.
  • Cashew shells are poisonous.

 

  1. Almonds

Nutrition per 100g

Calories:  578

Fat: 50.64 g

Carbohydrates:  19.74 g

Sugars:  4.8 g

Fibre:  11.8 g

Protein:  21.26 g

Potassium:  728 mg

 

Benefits:

  • Almonds are a satisfying snack that can help to keep your hunger at bay & blood sugar levels even.
  • They are rich in the antioxidant vitamin E.
  • They are a great source of calcium.
  • They are high in mono-saturated fat for arterial & heart health.

 

Interesting Facts:

  • Almonds are actually seeds.
  • At harvest time they are shaken from the trees & allowed to lay on the ground in orchards for weeks to dry out before they are collected for production.

 

  1. Brazil Nuts

Nutrition per 100g

Calories:  918

Fat:  93 g

Carbohydrates:  17.18 g

Sugars:  3.26 g

Fibre: 10.5 g

Protein:  20.05 g

Potassium:  923 mg

 

Benefits:

  • Brazil nuts are extremely high in selenium, a mineral which is often lacking in modern diets.
  • They are an antioxidant, with strong anti-aging & anti-cancer properties.
  • They are high in magnesium content which helps to protect heart & bones.
  • They are a good source of vitamin E for healthy skin & healing.

 

Interesting Facts:

  • Brazil nuts are one of the most highly profitable non-timber resources to come out of the Amazon.
  • They come from trees that are famous for reaching heights of over 160 feet!

 

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

100 Best Health Foods: Volume 17

 

 

Resources:

https://www.fatsecret.com/calories-nutrition/usda/turmeric%28ground%29?portionid=56635&portionamount=100.000

http://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/stories/22-surprising-uses-for-turmeric

http://igentry.blogspot.com/2009/07/interesting-facts-about-peanut.html

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

http://www.blisstree.com/2014/07/16/food/crazy-facts-about-cashews/

http://food.allwomenstalk.com/interesting-facts-about-almonds-i-bet-you-didnt-know-yet/5/

http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/kids/species-profiles/brazil-nut-tree

 

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