Sunday, 8 July 2007

Mayo Clinic picks the 10 healthiest foods

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Even for people who read label's religiously, it's not always easy to figure out the best and worst foods to consume (or not consume). Everybody out there is obviously interested in finding out as is evidenced by Adams' incredibly popular post on the top 10 terrible foods to always avoid. But what about the good stuff?

A dietician from the Mayo Clinic has made a list of what he feels are the top 10 best foods to eat based on a number of factors including:

  • Whether the food is a good source of fibre, vitamens and minerals
  • Whether the food can reduce the risk of heart disease and other conditions
  • Whether the food is high in vitamens A and E, as well as beta carotene
  • Whether the food is readily available and,
  • Whether the food is high in calorie denstity (ie. larger portions with less calories)

To be eligible for the list, the products had to meet three or more of the points on the list. So what came out on top? Fruits and veggies like apples, broccoli. blueberries, spinach and sweet potatoes. Salmon also made the list as did almonds and red beans. To see the rest of the top 10 and find out why all of these foods are so fabulous, take a look here.

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