Thursday, January 20, 2011

5 best health foods

Pat yourself on the back if you guessed more than 2 of them AND mixed news for chololate lovers - it has to be dark.

1) SEAWEED
There are approximately 90 minerals identified in modern nutrition and ALL of them are represented in seaweed. Gram for gram, they are higher in vitamins and minerals than every other food on the plant containing 20-200% more minerals than land-based vegetables. Seaweed holds high levels of Vitamins C, D, K and B and has more Vitamin A than carrots.
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Seaweed is also very rich in protein and strengthens the kidneys and nervous system. When eaten consistently, sea vegetables calm hyperactivity, reduce stress and are excellent for the thyroid gland. People complain about the taste and the general rule of thumb with seaweed is this: the worse it tastes for you, the more you need it. Dulse, Kelp and Nori are excellent types. And you dont need a licence.




2) CACAO
Chocolate originates from a bean called “Cacao”, and is one of the most complex food substances on earth. According to Healing with Natural Foods author Paul Pitchford Cacao has over 300 chemically identifiable compounds. Energetics of Food author Eric Gagne claims raw chocolate has 700 naturally occurring chemicals and almost everyone agrees Cacao is one of the best anti-oxidant foods on the planet.
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This is beneficial because antioxidants fight “free radical cells” which cause inflammation and disease in our bodies. Cacao also contains 10x more magnesium and chromium than any other food in the world. Magnesium is the most important mineral for our health activating over 350 processes, according to Pitchford. If you cant find  raw and organic chocolate try dark (at least 75%).

3) QUINOA
Quinoa (KEEN-WA) is an ancient whole grain, and has been consumed by people for more than 8,000 years. Quinoa has the highest nutritional profile of all grains. It contains high levels of dietary fiber and B Vitamins and has all 8 essential amino acids. Whole grains are some of the best sources for nutritional support, providing long-lasting energy (as a result of the body absorbing them slowly unlike simple carbs).
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Quinoa is high in zinc, potassium, calcium and Vitamin E and is known to strengthen the kidney and heart. After all, this is the food on which the Aztec empire was built.




4) KALE
It is well-known that leafy green vegetables are extremely nutritious and packed with a wide array of vitamins. Energetically speaking, leafy greens contain a high concentration of chlorophyll, the “life-blood” of our planet where Kale is king. Green leafy vegetables have a high concentration of Vitamins A, C and K, folate, potassium, magnesuim, iron, lutein, and phytochemicals. 
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Kale goes a step further and is also an incredible source of calcium, folic acid, vitamin B6, manganese, and potassium. For a green, Kale is unusually high in fiber and in many ways is a true superfood, and certainly one of the most nutritious foods on the planet.


5) BERRIES
According to raw food extraordinaire David Wolfe, berries are the most natural food for human consumption and a cleanser of the human body. Berries are a wonderful source of Vitamins C, E, calcium and folic acid and are rich in phytochemicals.

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Berries are also an excellent source of dietary fiber, which has been linked to lowered cholesterol levels. Some forms have even shown to have anti-cancer properties in laboratory settings The goji berry, popular in Chinese medicine, is one of the most potent anti-oxidant foods available.



Kale burger with side of Quino and Seaweed garnish anyone?


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