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7 Wonders of the Nutrition World

7 Wonders of the Nutrition World

imagesCAQP8F7RWe all know which foods we should try to avoid, and despite the appeal of Thin Mints, Doritos, Mountain Dew or McAnything, processed foods provide little good and a whole lot of bad. But when it comes to the nutritious stuffwhat are the best foods to put into our bodies? While we need a variety of foods for a healthy diet, do you know which are the healthiest of the bunch? These are the top seven most nutrient dense foods around. I bet you will be able to incorporate at least one of these into your daily diet.


1. Spirulina: While the thought of eating river algae might gross you out a bit, spirulina is actually fairly tasty, especially blended into a smoothie or hidden in a chocolate bar. It has more antioxidants than any other food on earth and is loaded with protein and minerals making it the most nutrient dense food. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23544470


2. Kale: Kale packs a serious nutritious punch, loaded with minerals, vitamins, fiber and amino acids, as well as important antioxidants that reduce inflammation and can prevent cancer. It’s also delicious and an easy to prepare, versatile food. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23631258


3. Hemp Seeds: What do you get when you combine protein, fiber, essential fatty acids, antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins and minerals? Hemp, of course. This easily digestible seed is versatile, easy to use and extremely tasty, too.


4. Broccoli: Your mom was right … Eat your vegetables. Broccoli especially if you want a healthy digestive system and you want to kick it up a notch… your health that is. Broccoli has a wide range of usefulness too, from soups to stir fry, or simply steamed or raw.


5.Spinach: Popeye was onto something with that spinach fixation. But skip the canned stuff and stick with fresh or frozen for an antioxidant, protein and fiber-rich burst of healthy goodness. Fresh or cooked, spinach’s sweet and hardy flavor brightens any meal.


6. Chia: The Aztecs may have died out, but their legacy is alive and strong in the chia seed. This ancient favorite is loaded with omega fats, protein and fiber. It can be a better choice than flax because chia is so rich in antioxidants that the seeds don’t deteriorate and can be stored for long periods without becoming rancid.http://fitchicktricks.com/nutrition/dangerfood-or-superfood/chia-the-food-not-the-pet/


7. Berries: Unlike other fruit, berries tend to be less sugary and full of vital vitamins, minerals and those free-radical avenging antioxidants. Wild berries are always a great choice, especially black rassberries

Superfood – CHIA

Superfood – CHIA

Chia is going through a renaissance of sorts. It’s no longer a goofy gag gift that proliferates the shelves during the holidays to sprout on assorted animals or cartoon character’s heads. Chia is an edible seed that comes from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, part of the mint family. But before chia pets, the chia seed was the primo food in the Aztec and Mayan diets, and it was the basic survival ration of the Aztec army. It’s time to take this little seed seriously.

Ch ch ch chocked full of good stuff

The chia seed has gone from class clown to class valedictorian. These super seeds are loaded with essential fatty acids carrying the highest amount of any known plant. They also have among the highest antioxidants of any whole food — even more than fresh blueberries. Ounce-for-ounce, chia scores the highest with 15 times more magnesium than broccoli, three times more iron than spinach, six times more calcium than milk, and two times more potassium than bananas. It gets an A+ for containing all the essential amino acids, and it’s a complete protein (none of which is gluten).

Please don’t eat a chia pet, though. The chia seeds that come with the terra cotta pet have not been approved as food by the FDA, so get the seeds from a health-food store or order some online.

Ch ch ch charge up your nutrition

Turns out, chia really is a great gift; the gift of health.  Chia seeds absorb up to 10 times their weight in water which maintains hydration in the body longer and improves endurance [1]. It will also keep those minerals floating around the body, which help to reduce stress, build strong bones, and regulate heartbeat.

On top of all that, the human body easily digests chia seeds.  Unlike other seeds, that shall go nameless, chia seeds do not have to be ground up to be eaten. When mixed with stomach juices, the seeds form a gel. This creates a barrier to digestive enzymes so the carbohydrates are digested slowly and glucose is released at a steady rate [2]. This is great for preventing spikes in blood sugar, unlike some other carbohydrates we know.

This ‘gel when wet’ phenomenon also helps to feel fuller, as the seeds suck up digestive juices and expand; they encroach upon the empty space in the stomach.

Okay, but how do they taste? They’re actually rather tasteless which makes them a perfect addition to almost any food.

Mix them with a favorite drink, or add them to cereal, salad, and just about anything else. Find chia seeds at health markets, online, or at Wholefoods. Extra credit; bugs hate them, so it is easy to find organically grown varieties.

Keep the chia seeds for eating not planting, it’s time to trade in that kitsch for another pet, maybe a pet rock would be nice.

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