10 Best Foods and 10 Worst Foods
Sunday, 3 May 2015 | Editor
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Bad Health Foods
No.1 Bilberries, Acai and Pomegranate, and drinks made from 100% fruit (e.g. Innocent range).
Studies show that the Acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) is one of the most nutritious and powerful foods on this planet.
Native to the Amazon rainforests of Brazil, the Acai berry contains more calcium than comparable amounts of milk and more antioxidants than blueberries. It has a sweet flavour with a delicious chocolate overtone.
Acai berries taste scrumptious, and are packed full of antioxidants, essential fatty acids and amino acids. You may not find Acai berries easily, but it's one of the ingredients in one of the Innocent range of fruit drinks. Also comes in supplement form. (People who need to watch their blood sugar should drink this in small quantities only, and preferably dilute it with 50% water.) .
Pomegranate: After Acai, Pomegranate juice contains possibly the highest antioxidant capacity compared to other juices, red wine and green tea. They have been revered throughout history, in many varied cultures.
Research suggests that blueberries and bilberries have the potential to prevent many diseases associated with ageing. Indications are that a daily intake of 100 grams of blueberries or bilberries can stimulate new brain cell growth and may help with the prevention of memory loss. Blueberries are also rich in the plant group called anthocyanins, which helps oxygenate the skin, keeping it looking young. Scientists are also turning up results that suggest bilberries and blueberries reduce cholesterol as effectively as manmade drugs.
Also Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, spring greens, curly kale, watercress, and all other vegetables .
No.3 Seeds and Nuts Especially almonds, pumpkin seeds and flaxseeds (also called linseeds).
Buy fresh, keep in dark place and refrigerate when possible.
Almonds contain lots of vitamin E, magnesium and protein, as well as potassium, fibre and healthy fats. Buy organic if possible and eat the skins, which are full of flavonoids. The vitamin E, magnesium and flavonoids help reduce heart disease and high blood pressure, as well as lowering LDL cholesterol. They're also very low in sodium. Can be added to foods, whole or chopped, or eaten as a snack. Soaking overnight in water makes them more digestible.
Pumpkin seeds are good for everyone, but particularly older men. They've been shown to be good for the health of the prostate gland, and reduce incidence of hip fractures in men. Pumpkin seeds have anti-inflammatory action and are helpful with arthritis. The phytosterol content lowers cholesterol. They contain minerals, fibre and healthy fats. Can be added to foods, whole or ground, or eaten as a snack.
Flaxseed (linseeds) are very high in omega-3 essential fatty acids which have potent anti-inflammatory action. The omega-3 in flaxseed is one step away from the EPA found in fish oil, which has so many known benefits. Not everyone is able to make EPA from flaxseed's omega-3 (e.g. people with diabetes, or those who drink more than a little alcohol or eat more than a little saturated fat. However, even if this conversion does not take place, the omega-3 in flaxseed has benefits of its own. To be sure of getting EPA it's usually best to rely on fish oil. Whole linseeds, taken with a big glass of water, are very helpful in constipation.
Green foods like wheat and barley grasses, spirulina and Klamath Lake Blue Green Algae can be bought in powder, tablet or juice form, and offer greater levels of nutrients than green leafy vegetables. They also help cholesterol, blood pressure and immune response.
Eggs contain all the right nutrients for health of the brain, nerves, glands and hormones. We like Colombo, which are free-range and high in omega-3 fatty acids.
Unfortunately, due to toxicity, we can no longer recommend most fish (other than wild Alaskan salmon). Instead we recommend omega-3 be obtained from fish oil supplements, such as Eskimo-3 or Krill Oil. (Be aware that many fish oil products are not free from toxins - only buy the best)
Coconut is one of the safest and healthiest cooking oils. It’s also a great alternative to butter and margarine for spreading on bread when kept in the fridge. Coconut oil is rich in medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) that digest easily and are an excellent source of energy and fuel for the body. In America dieters and athletes prefer coconut for this reason. Unlike saturated fats (e.g. butter), coconut doesn’t raise cholesterol. In fact Polynesians who use coconut oil daily have low cholesterol. And unlike margarines, coconut oil contains no toxic trans fatty acids.
These cultured foods contain healthful bacteria that aid immune function, and the calcium helps burn fat. Try using them as a base for a smoothie. Or simply by Acidophilus designed to do this job
No.9 Brown rice, sweet potatoes, barley, millet, steamed new potatoes
Brown rice is a good source of B vitamins, manganese, selenium, iron and fibre, and can help lower cholesterol, reduce risk of diabetes, heart disease, heart attack, stroke and colon cancer, reduce severity of asthma, and lower frequency of migraine headaches. Brown rice may also help with weight management.
Sweet Potatoes High in antioxidant activity and also help to stabilise blood sugar. Sweet potatoes have good amounts of beta-carotene, vitamin C, manganese, vitamin B6 and other nutrients.
They're delicious baked in the oven, either whole or in thick slices, or steamed with some broccoli. Cook immediately after peeling or cutting, as they will oxidise (turn a dark colour) when exposed to the air.
Barley can be used as a breakfast cereal, in soups and stews, and as a rice substitute. Barley's also high in fibre, helping metabolise fats, cholesterol and carbohydrates.
Millet is high in manganese, magnesium and phosporous. It's also high in tryptophan which is needed to make serotonin to help with sleep and good mood. Can be cooked like rice, and used as base for porridge, or mixed with stir fry vegetables.
Quite often we think we're hungry, when actually we're dehydrated and our bodies are desperate for water.
No.1 Soft drinks, soda drinks, including the "diet" kind
Studies have linked soda drinks to osteoporosis, obesity, tooth decay and heart disease. Plus, drinking all that sugar will likely suppress your appetite for healthy foods, which pave the way for nutrient deficiencies.
If you think 'diet' drinks are a better option, they're not. Most artificial sweeteners used in these drinks have been linked with cancer. And they still contain the other toxins of course. Drink water instead, or green tea, Innocent fruit juice diluted with 50% water, up to one coffee or a few cups of sugarless tea per day.
No.2 Anything with transfats (hydrogenated vegetable oil)
The label should state whether the product contains hydrogenated vegetable oils. Transfats clog your arteries, raise LDL cholesterol, lower good HDL cholesterol, and increase risk of heart disease.
No.3 Bacon and other 'processed mystery meats'
If you want to eat fish, wild Alaskan salmon is still a good option.