- 1. Avocados
- 2. Butter
- 3. Chocolate
- 4. Corn
- 5. Almonds
- 6. Coffee
- 7. Soy
- 8. Red Wine
- 9. Potatoes
- 10. Pork
Avocados provide a substantial amount of healthy monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA). They are a naturally nutrient-dense food and contain nearly 20 vitamins and minerals. Research has shown that it helps decrease the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and overall mortality while promoting a healthy complexion and hair and increased energy.
Ok ok hear us out. We know butter is the sin of all sins when it comes to healthy foods, but what we learned shocked us! Butter is rich in fat-soluble vitamins and fatty acids. These are surprisingly good health benefits, so don’t be too scared of real butter.
As long as its the dark stuff containing over 70 percent cocoa, you can consider chocolate a health food. Chocolate is high in antioxidants, fiber, and other vitamins and minerals, and it can even help lower your cholesterol, according to a study in the Journal Of Nutrition.
A lot of people consider corn a throwaway vegetable but it’s really a whole grain, says Sass. 90% of Americans don’t get the recommended 3 daily servings of whole grains, and corn can be a great mix-in for salads, and vegetable side-dishes to add a boost to your daily diet. Another benefit of corn is that it’s packed with antioxidants. One study even found that corn has twice the amount of antioxidants found in Apples. In America, corn is in peak season in October and November; try it for your fall diet.
Almonds significantly boost levels of vitamin E in the bloodstream. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that defends your cells against damage prevents artery-clogging oxidation of cholesterol. It contains healthy fats that help in weight loss.
Our coffee addicts will love this one! Did you know that a coffee a day might actually increase your lifespan? Coffee on it’s own is extremely high in antioxidants. Don’t get too caught up in riding the coffee wave because more than one cup a day might cause negative symptoms like increasing your high rate causing anxiety.
“Soy products have lately gotten a bad rap, yet soy foods have substantial health benefits,” says Masley. “Of course, we are only talking about organic, non-GMO soy, but one to two servings per day of edamame or soy milk will improve cholesterol profiles, improve blood sugar control, provide a great source of dietary fiber, and improve menopause symptoms.”
We had to get alcohol on here somewhere! Moderate amounts of red wine have a lot of benefits, including raising your good cholesterol (HDL) levels and helping to prevent blood clots and plaque formation in arteries. Red wine is also rich in flavonoids and resveratrol, the antioxidants that are said to help prevent cellular damage. Recent studies even suggest red wine can lower the risk of heart disease! For a choice of red, I love Charter Oaks wine because they use no chemicals in the fermentation process or through secondary fermentation, which makes the wine much more natural than the larger commercial and industrial wineries.
“Potatoes are associated with comfort foods like French fries and mashed potatoes, which are loaded with fat,” says Jennifer Glockner, RDN over email. “In addition, they are thought of as a white starchy vegetable without health benefits. However, just a plain baked or roasted potato actually does have health benefits for your heart and brain. Potato is rich in potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and fiber.”
Though known for being packed with sodium when turned into ham and bacon, fresh cuts of tenderloin can be as healthy a choice as lean chicken for protein, with 29 grams of protein in a loin chop. Fresh loin cuts of pork have a ton of B vitamins like B-6, and niacin, which can help lower cholesterol levels. Avoid fried and cured pork, like ham, bacon or ribs – the only thing you’ll get from these kinds of pork are inches to your waistline.