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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

29 Healthiest Foods on the Planet?

... at least, according to bellybytes... At that site, more explanation.

My ex-husband had very decided ideas about "strong" and "weak" vegetables, scoffing at celery and cucumber while advocating heavily for broccoli. In fact, he occasionally dressed himself as "The Broccoli Monster" when the kids were little and came out of a closet in green clothing items, suggesting darkly that they eat their vegetables. This sometimes made them cry.

His favorite "strong" fruit, blueberries, does not appear on this list.

I'm not sure any fish or shellfish can be considered healthy any more. Surely some of the possible health benefits are outweighed by the shoving of more mercury and other heavy metals down our gullets?

FRUITS
  • Apricots
  • Avocados
  • Raspberries
  • Mango
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cranberry Juice
  • Tomato
  • Raisins
  • Figs
  • Lemons/Limes


VEGETABLES
  • Onions
  • Artichokes
  • Ginger
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Bok Choy (Chinese cabbage)
  • Squash (Butternut, Pumpkin, Acorn)
  • Watercress and Arugula
  • Garlic


GRAINS/BEANS/NUTS
  • Quinoa
  • Wheat Germ
  • Lentils
  • Peanuts
  • Pinto Beans


DAIRY
  • Low fat Yogurt
  • Skim Milk


SEAFOOD
  • Shellfish (Clams, Mussels)
  • Salmon
  • Crab


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3 Comments:

At 11:50 AM, Blogger MaryB said...

I was just reading an article in the Times of London (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,8126-1763112,00.html) about "longevity" foods, that included avocado, blueberries (ding-ding-ding!), broccoli, carrots, hemp oil, live yogurt, oats, onions, garlic, prunes, sardines, black tea, and - wait for it - water.

I'll just combine this with your list, plus the list that pushes steak and eggs. Oh, and chocolate. Hm. I can see where all of this could get outta hand -

 
At 11:57 AM, Blogger kenju said...

Blueberries ought to be on the list; they are chock full of anti-oxidants.

 
At 4:00 PM, Anonymous Priss said...

I like the list just because it has cantaloupe on it. But the way we drink cranberry juice, it's full of corn syrup, so it's not that great for you.

 

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