Seriously Nutritionists Are In Agreement On These 10
There are a lot of different nutrition systems or philosophies around the world. Then think about all the different types of foods there are on this planet. Yet there is agreement on just a small handfuls of foods.
Some people eat meat, while others avoid it. Some won't touch dairy yet others think Greek yogurt in heavenly. High fat, low fat. The government think sugar is OK, yet some others think it is close to pure poison. So where does the confusing truth reside. We've been eating food for thousands of years now, you'd think we'd have the answers by now.
So in this article I found – they decided to do a survey to find out.
So, we sent out a mass email to 17 nutritionists and doctors from all different backgrounds and asked them to name the foods they consider most healthy. Then we cross-referenced their feedback and put together this master list. Let's put an end to the guessing once and for all—keep scrolling to discover the foods that 100% of nutritionists can agree on.
As far as we can tell, there is not a single nutritionist who can argue with the power of blueberries. “There are at least 15 different types of phytonutrients found in blueberries and all of them are potent antioxidants that protect virtually every system in the body,” says Michelle Babb, registered dietitian and author of Anti-Inflammatory Eating for a Happy, Healthy Brain. “Antioxidants guard against damage to cells, tissues, and muscles and are important for cardiovascular health, brain health, and exercise recovery.”
Nutritionist Dana James adds that blueberries “provide healthy, fiber-rich carbs,” which aid with digestion and weight management. They are also loaded with “a ton of vitamins and minerals, including iron, magnesium, zinc, calcium, potassium, and vitamins A, C, and K,” says certified nutrition coach Candice Seti of the Weight Loss Therapist. “With all of these ingredients, they have numerous health values including helping you build and maintain strong bones and helping fight heart disease and cancer.”
2 Leafy Greens
Dark leafy greens like spinach and kale are another category of food that no nutritionist can fault. “Leafy greens are low-calorie and nutrient-dense,” explains Shipa Ravella, MD, a gastroenterologist and nutrition specialist at Columbia University Medical Center. Some of the powerful nutrients that leafy greens contain include “vitamins A, C, and K, folate, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, lutein, and fiber,” says Dina Garcia, dietitian-nutritionist, mindful eating coach, and founder of Vida Nutrition.
Kale, in particular, is beloved by nutritionists. “Kale contains high levels of antioxidants, which help prevent many diseases, like cancer and heart disease,” says certified nutrition specialist Scott Schreiber, MD. “Kale is also great for the heart by lowering cholesterol. It promotes liver and digestive health, and it is a great detox food.”
Dietitians of all backgrounds are quick to list heart-healthy avocado as one of the world's healthiest foods. (In fact, out of the 17 nutritionists I spoke with, more than half of them named avocado as one of the top three healthiest foods in the world.) “I have nicknamed avocados ‘God's Butter!‘” says Daryl Gioffre, DC, celebrity nutritionist and founder of the Alkamind cleanse. “It is literally a perfect food. Avocados are rich in vitamins K, C, B5, and B6, as well as key minerals. In fact, they contain more potassium than bananas without all of the sugar. They're also surprisingly high in fiber, so they help maintain digestive health.”
Better yet, the monosaturated fats in avocados act as “cell membrane protectors,” James says. “When your cells are protected from free radical damage, they function better. This means prettier skin, a faster brain, and more energy!” All of that goes without mentioning that avocados “contain 42 milligrams of magnesium per a cup, a vital nutrient that so many of us are deficient in,” adds Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, Medical Advisory Board member of the Nutritional Magnesium Association.
When picking out avocados, make sure to “select blackish-green, pebbly-skin Haas avocados, which are higher in healthy fats and lower in carbs than the smooth, bright green Florida ones,” says Colette Heimowitz, the vice president of nutrition and education at Atkins Nutritionals Inc.
You can work avocados into your diet in so many different ways. “Slather on toast or mash up a quick batch of guacamole,” offers registered dietitian Dana White. “I am also a huge fan of using avocados in unique ways such as smoothies, salsa, and ice cream.”
Nutritionists agree that beans are “a powerhouse of nutrition.” According to Vandana Sheth, a registered dietitian, “They are an excellent source of plant-based protein, high in fiber, and can help with lowering cholesterol levels, blood sugar management, as well as weight management.” As Babb says, beans are “also great for keeping your digestive tract running smoothly.”
“All beans are good,” Garcia adds. “They are rich in iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc.”
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