List of Healthy Foods

Choosing to eat healthy foods is one of the secret so a long and healthy life. Foods that have high protein, low carbohydrates, lower blood pressure, speed metabolism and lowers cholesterol are the types of foods that increase life expectancy and improve the quality of life.

Here are ten of the top healthiest food that will give you energy, vitality and all around good health.

  1. Beans.

    Beans top this list of healthy foods. They are high in vegetable protein, contain antioxidants and have very little fat, carbohydrates and calories. This means that they help build strong muscles, repair damaged tissues and are recommended to those who are watching their weight. The antioxidants in them help prevent some types of cancer. They also help keep your digestive system healthy. Some examples are red beans, red kidney beans, lentils and chickpeas. If you have problem with gas, soak them first before you eat them.

  2. Oatmeal.

    Oatmeal helps lower blood cholesterol and reduces the risk of heart disease. Oatmeal is a filling grain that also provides much needed fiber to keep hunger at bay and your blood sugar constant. This is a healthy food if you are trying to control your weight. You can make it yourself with rolled oats or eat the instant type found in the grocery stores.

  3. Fruits .

    Fruits are great food for health. They are filled with antioxidants such as Vitamin C and A. Antioxidants fight free radical damage in the body and reduce the risk of cancer. Blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, plums, oranges and red grapes contain high amount of antioxidants. The antioxidants in fruit boost the immune system to fight the effects of aging in the body.

  4. Allium foods.

    Allium foods are bulbous such as onions, leeks, chives, garlic, and shallots. Garlic is known for lowering cholesterol. Allium vegetables heap prevent the body against the risk of cancer, lower blood, prevent blood clots.

  5. Salmon.

    Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and protein. It reduces the risk of heart disease and other conditions like atherosclerosis. It's very beneficial for those who want to build muscle tissues after an exercise session. Wild salmon is a fatty fish but it contains good fats that have been proven to improve health in children and adults.

  6. Flax seed.

    Flax seed contains omega-3 fatty, omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids. These seeds fight high cholesterol, heart disease and diabetes. Ground flax seed can be added to fruit smoothies, sprinkled in yogurt, eaten with cereal or added to pancake mix to name a few.

  7. Peppers.

    Peppers contain antioxidants like beta-carotene and Vitamin C. Peppers range from mild and sweet to so hot. They also contain capsaicin which is an anti inflammatory substance. Capsaicin is a pain reliever and it helps lower cancer risk and heart disease. They are good eaten with salads, salsa and all sorts of dishes.

  8. Nuts and seeds.

    Nuts are high in fat but those fats are the good kind. They help lower cholesterol. Peanuts, almonds, Brazil nuts, walnuts and pistachios are all providers of good fats and protein. The healthiest way to eat them is right out of the shell with no additives. Or you can crush them into a fine powder and use as a coating instead of using higher carb bread crumbs.

  9. A├žai berry.

    Acai berry is one of the healthy foods that have gained a lot of popularity. Acai is a deep purple color berry and is a rich source of antioxidants. This berry provides a rich source of protein, dietary fiber, and high levels of both omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids. It helps slow the aging process and increases your energy.

  10. Yogurt.

    Yogurt is fat free and contains calcium, Vitamin B, and protein. It is an alternative for milk to give you the calcium that you need to build strong bones and teeth. Live yogurt also contains friendly bacteria to help promote a healthy digestive system.

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