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Healthiest Foods of All Time

Do You Know What they Are?

Fail to use healthy ingredients, and there’s no way you’ll be able to cook up a healthy meal. We all know kale is good, ditto tomatoes, and the rest of whatever fruits and vegetables we can think of.

But are there some we are forgetting about? Including them in you menu planning could go a long way to adding variety and interest to what you serve your family. That will help keep everyone on track eating healthy, and maybe even cut out some of the complaints about eating the same old stuff, night after night.

Some of the items on the list are spices, not foods per se, but the nutritional benefits they offer are amazing.

 

Mushrooms

Why they’re good for you: Mushrooms are a rich source of ergothioneine, an antioxidant that may help fight cancer. Mushrooms are also a source of riboflavin, a vitamin that supports the body’s natural detoxification mechanisms. They are the highest vegan source of vitamin D.

Serving size: one cup of raw mushrooms

Nutrition per serving:
Calories: 15
Fat: 0.2 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 4 mg
Carbohydrates: 2.3 g
Dietary fiber: 0.7 g
Sugars: 1.4 g
Protein: 2 g

Fennel

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Why it’s good for you: Fennel is a vitamin cocktail, providing antioxidants, vitamin C, fiber, and a unique mix of phytonutrients. One such phytonutrient is called anethole which, in animal studies, has been shown to reduce inflammation and fend off chronic disease.

Serving size: one bulb of fennel

Nutrition per serving:
Calories: 73
Fat: 0.5 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 122 mg
Carbohydrates: 17 g
Dietary fiber: g
Sugars: 9 g
Protein: 3 g

Turmeric

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Why it’s good for you: Turmeric is a spice that comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant, and its vibrant, orange color comes from curcumin. This pigment has been shown to be a potent anti-viral and anti-inflammatory agent. Some research has shown turmeric to be helpful in preventing Alzheimer’s and cancer.

Serving size: one tsp

Nutrition per serving:
Calories: 9
Fat: 0.1 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 1 mg
Carbohydrates: 2 g
Dietary fiber: 0.7 g
Sugars: 0.1 g
Protein: 0.3 g

Want to see the full list? Not sure how to cook with these? Hop over to Time for the whole list, with recipes.

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