World's Healthiest foods
YOU DONT HAVE TO GO HUNGRY TO BE HEALTHY
Last July (2007) we featured the "10 Healthiest Foods" on earth as contributed by a reader. Since then, a lot of Celebrity Recipes plus Home and Garden's readers clamored for some more "health-ful" foodstuffs that they could incorporate into their dishes and diets. In response, here's another list that would hopefully be of use when preparing dishes.
Need a quick food fix without too much calories? There's a perfect food for you-the banana. A banana contains 62 calories and is rich potassium, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C and fiber. It also contains starch, which is converted to sugar, making it ideal for people suffering from low blood sugar.
Artichokes are difficult to find fresh in the country as they are not really grown here. However, if you can find a reliable source of this delightful vegetable then be sure to stock up on them as they are a good source complex carbohydrates and non-digestible fiber (great for people who are experiencing bowel problems!). it also has iron, potassium, magnesium, copper and manganese, as well as smattering of vitamins.
Although not a very favorite veggie with kids, the broccoli is simply a wonder foodstuff which current studies indicate might be helpful in preventing cancer. It has also been proven effective in lowering the risk of heart disease and stroke. Although it's colored green, broccoli is rich in beta carotene, calcium, iron, folate and zinc. As an added bonus, it has tryptophan, an amino acid that aids in sleep and relaxation. As such, if you want a good night's sleep and calm nerves, eat broccoli.
Garlic has long been known to be very good in lowering hypertension, aside from its antibacterial properties. Like broccoli, recent studies indicate that garlic may be able to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. Dieters should also rejoice because unlike other foodstuffs, garlic is a good source of manganese, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C and calcium.
The healthful qualities of onions are nothing to be teary-eyed about. Onions are very good sources of fiber, potassium and B vitamins. Like broccoli and garlic, recent studies indicate that onions may help in reducing the risk of heart attack, stroke and bronchial congestion.
BARLEY AND RYE
These ancient grains are receiving much attention nowadays because of their healthful properties. Barley and rye contain more fiber and have been shown to slow down the progression of atherosclerosis and type 2 diabetes. These grains also have tryptophan which contributes to restful sleep.
This is one of the oldest grains on record and has been a staple of the Incas for centuries. Unlike other Andean crops, however, the popularity of the quinoa (pronounced Keen-wa) was long in coming as it is only now that it is gaining in renown. Anyway, this grain contains manganese, magnesium, iron, copper and a host of other nutrients that made observers call it the "grain of the future."
You dont have to wait for Christmas to partake these nuts. Chestnuts contain beneficial carbohydrates and (sorry dieters) great for people who want to increase their weight. Despite this "weight-y" attribute, chestnuts are cholesterol free, low in sodium and are surprisingly rich in dietary fiber. One should not eat chestnut is equivalent to at least five whole nuts (any kind). The best way to eat them is by baking them first.