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shible
10-23-2007, 06:35 AM
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The 29 Healthiest Foods on the Planet

The following is a "healthy food hot list" consisting of the 29 food that will
give you the biggest nutritional bang for you caloric buck, as well as
decrease your risk for deadly illnesses like cancer, diabetes and heart
disease. Along with each description is a suggestion as to how to incorporate
these power-foods into your diet.



01. Apricots

The Power: Beta-carotene, which helps prevent free-radical damage and
protect the eyes. The body also turns beta-carotene into vitamin A, which
may help ward off some cancers, especially of the skin. One apricot has 17
calories, 0 fat, 1 gram of fiber. Snacks on them dried, or if you prefer fresh,
buy when still firm; once they soften, they lose nutrients.



02. Avocados

The Power: Oleic acid, an unsaturated fat that helps lower overall cholesterol
and raise levels of HDL, plus a good dose of fiber. One slice has 81 calories, 8
grams of fat and 3 grams of fiber. Try a few slices instead of mayonnaise to
dress up your next burger.



03. Raspberries

The Power: Ellagic acid, which helps stall cancer-cell growth. These berries
are also packed with vitamin C and are high in fiber, which helps prevent high
cholesterol and heart disease. A cup has only 60 calories, 1 gram of fat and 8
grams of fiber. Top plain low-fat yogurt or oatmeal (another high fiber food)
with fresh berries.



04. Mango

The Power: A medium mango packs 57mg of vitamin C, almost your whole
recommended daily dose. This antioxidant helps prevent arthritis and boosts
wound healing and your immune system. Mangoes also boast more than 8,000
IU of vitamin A (as beta-carotene). One mango has 135 calories, 1 gram of
fat and 4 grams of fiber. Cut on up and serve it over leafy greens. Bonus:
Your salad will taste like dessert!



05. Cantaloupe

The Power: Vitamin C (117mg in half a melon, almost twice the recommended
daily dose) and beta-carotene - both powerful antioxidants that help protect
cells from free-radical damage. Plus, half a melon has 853mg of potassium -
almost twice as much as a banana, which helps lower blood pressure. Half a
melon has 97 calories, 1 gram of fat and 2 grams of fiber. Cut into cubes and
freeze, then blend into an icy smoothie.



06. Cranberry Juice

The Power: Helps fight bladder infections by preventing harmful bacteria from
growing. A cup has 144 calories, 0 grams of fat and 0 fiber. Buy 100 percent
juice concentrate and use it to spice up your daily H20 without adding sugar.



07. Tomato

The Power: Lycopene, one of the strongest carotenoids, acts as an
antioxidant. Research shows that tomatoes may cut the risk of bladder,
stomach and colon cancers in half if eaten daily. A tomato has 26 calories, 0
fat and 1 gram of fiber. Drizzle fresh slices with olive oil, because lycopene is
best absorbed when eaten with a little fat.



08. Raisins

The Power: These little gems are a great source of iron, which helps the blood
transport oxygen and which many women are short on. A half-cup has 218
calories, 0 fat and 3 grams of fiber. Sprinkle raisins on your morning oatmeal or
bran cereal - women, consider this especially during your period.



09. Figs
The Power: A good source of potassium and fiber, figs also contain vitamin B6
, which is responsible for producing mood-boosting serotonin, lowering
cholesterol and preventing water retention. The Pill depletes B6, so if you use
this method of birth control, make sure to get extra B6 in your diet. One fig
has 37 to 48 calories, 0 fat and 2 grams of fiber. (Cookie lovers - fig bars
have around 56 calories, 1 gram of fat and 1 gram of fiber per cookie). Fresh
figs are delicious simmered alongside a pork tenderloin and the dried variety
make a great portable gym snack.



10. Lemons/Limes

The Power: Limonene, furocoumarins and vitamin C, all of which help prevent
cancer. A wedge has 2 calories, 0 fat and 0 fiber. Buy a few of each and
squeeze over salads, fish, beans and vegetables for fat free flavor.


VEGETABLES


11. Onions

The Power: Quercetin is one of the most powerful flavonoids (natural plant
antioxidants). Studies show it helps protect against cancer. A cup (chopped)
has 61 calories, 0 fat and 3 grams of fiber. Chop onions for the maximum
phytonutrient boost, or if you hate to cry, roast them with a little olive oil
and serve with rice or other vegetables.



12. Artichokes

The Power: These odd-looking vegetables contain silymarin, an antioxidant
that helps prevent skin cancer, plus fiber to help control cholesterol. One
medium artichoke has 60 calories, 0 fat and 7 grams of fiber. Steam over
boiling water for 30 to 40 minutes. Squeeze lemon juice on top, then pluck
the leaves off with your fingers and use your teeth to scrape off the rich-
tasting skin. When you get to the heart, you have found the best part!



13. Ginger

The Power: Gingerols may help reduce queasiness; other compounds may help
ward off migraines and arthritis pain by blocking inflammation-causing
prostaglandins. A teaspoon of fresh gingerroot has only 1 calorie, 0 fat and 0
fiber. Peel the tough brown skin and slice or grate into a stir-fry.



14. Broccoli

The Power: Indole-3-carbinol and sulforaphane, which help protect against
breast cancer. Broccoli also has lots of vitamin C and beta-carotene. One cup
(chopped) has 25 calories, 0 fat and 3 grams of fiber. Don't overcook
broccoli - instead, microwave or steam lightly to preserve phytonutrients.
Squeeze fresh lemon on top for a zesty and taste, added nutrients and some
vitamin C.



15. Spinach

The Power: Lutein and zeaxanthin, carotenoids that help fend off macular
degeneration, a major cause of blindness in older people. Plus, studies show
this green fountain of youth may help reverse some signs of aging. One cup
has 7 calories, 0 fat and 1 gram of fiber. Add raw leaves to a salad or sauté
with a little olive oil and garlic.



16. Bok Choy (Chinese cabbage)

The Power: Brassinin, which some research suggests may help prevent breast
tumors, plus indoles and isothiocyanates, which lower levels of estrogen,
make this vegetable a double-barreled weapon against breast cancer. A cup
will also give you 158mg of calcium (16 percent of your daily recommended
requirement) to help beat osteoporosis. A cup (cooked) has 20 calories, 0 fat
and 3 grams of fiber. Find it in your grocer's produce section or an Asian
market. Slice the greens and juicy white stalks, then sauté like spinach or
toss into a stirfry just before serving.



17. Squash (Butternut, Pumpkin, Acorn)

The Power: Winter squash has huge amounts of vitamin C and beta-carotene,
which may help protect against endometrial cancer. One cup (cooked) has 80
calories, 1 gram of fat and 6 grams of fiber. Cut on in half, scoop out the
seeds and bake or microwave until soft, then dust with cinnamon.



18. Watercress and Arugula

The Power: Phenethyl isothiocyanate, which, along with betacarotene and
vitamins C and E, may help keep cancer cells at bay. One cup has around 4
calories, 0 fat and 1 gram of fiber. Do not cook these leafy greens; instead,
use them to garnish a sandwich or add a pungent, peppery taste to salad.



19. Garlic

The Power: The sulfur compounds that give garlic its pungent flavor can also
lower LDL ("bad") cholesterol, lower blood pressure and even reduce your risk
of stomach and colon cancer. A clove has 4 calories, 0 fat and 0 fiber. Bake a
whole head for 15 to 20 minutes, until soft and sweet and spread on bread
instead of butter.


GRAINS/BEANS/NUTS


20. Quinoa

The Power: A half cup of cooked quinoa has 5 grams of protein, more than
any other grain, plus iron, riboflavin and magnesium. A half-cup has
318 calories, 5 grams of fat and 5 grams of fiber. Add to soup for a protein
boost. Rinse first, or it will taste bitter.



21. Wheat Germ

The Power: A tablespoon gives you about 7 percent of your daily magnesium,
which helps prevent muscle cramps; it is also a good source of vitamin E. One
tablespoon has 27 calories, 1 gram of fat and 1 gram of fiber. Sprinkle some
over yogurt, fruit or cereal.



22. Lentils

The Power: Isoflavones, which may inhibit estrogen-promoted breast cancers,
plus fiber for heart health and an impressive 9 grams of protein per half cup. A
half-cup (cooked) has 115 calories, 0 fat and 8 grams of fiber. Isoflavones
hold up through processing, so buy lentils canned, dried or already in soup.
Take them to work, and you will have a protein packed lunch.



23. Peanuts

The Power: Studies show that peanuts or other nuts (which contain mostly
unsaturated "good" fat) can lower your heart-disease risk by over 20 percent.
One ounce has 166 calories, 14 grams of fat and 2 grams of fiber. Keep a
packet in your briefcase, gym bag or purse for a protein-packed post-workout
nosh or an afternoon pick me up that will satisfy you until supper, or chop a
few into a stir-fry for a Thai accent.



24. Pinto Beans

The Power: A half cup has more than 25 percent of your daily requirement of
folate, which helps protect against heart disease and reduces the risk of birth
defects. A half-cup (canned) has 103 calories, 1 gram of fat and 6 grams of
fiber. Drain a can, rinse and toss into a pot of vegetarian chili.



25. Low fat Yogurt

The Power: Bacteria in active-culture yogurt helps prevent yeast infections;
calcium strengthens bones. A cup has 155 calories, 4 grams of fat, 0 grams of
fiber. Get the plain kind and mix in your own fruit to keep calories and sugar
down. If you are lactose intolerant, never fear - yogurt should not bother
your tummy.


26. Skim Milk

The Power: Riboflavin (a.k.a. vitamin B2) is important for good vision and
along with vitamin A might help improve eczema and allergies. Plus, you get
calcium and vitamin D, too. One cup has 86 calories, 0 fat and 0 fiber. If you
are used to high fat milk, don't go cold turkey; instead, mix the two together
at first. Trust this fact: In a week or two you won't miss it!


SEAFOOD

27. Shellfish (Clams, Mussels)

The Power: Vitamin B12 to support nerve and brain function, plus iron and
hard to-get minerals like magnesium and potassium. Three ounces has 126 to
146 calories, 2 to 4 grams of fat and 0 fiber. Try a bowl of tomato-based
(and low fat) Manhattan clam chowder.



28. Salmon

The Power: Cold-water fish like salmon, mackerel and tuna are the best
sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which help reduce the risk of cardiac
disease. A 3-ounce portion (cooked) has 127 calories, 4 grams of fat, 0 fiber.
Brush fillets with ginger-soy marinade and grill or broil until fish flakes easily
with a fork.



29. Crab

The Power: A great source of vitamin B12 and immunity-boosting zinc. A 3-
ounce portion has 84 calories, 1 gram of fat, 0 fiber. The "crab" in sushi is
usually made from fish; buy it canned instead and make your own crab cakes.

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strider
10-23-2007, 07:58 AM
I love aAocardos smoothies.
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shible
10-23-2007, 01:00 PM
I like Mango, Lemon and Ginger
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Nawal89
10-23-2007, 01:01 PM
I love all the food above xcept for tomatoes. <3 yay for me!
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kitten
10-23-2007, 01:17 PM
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All food Allah swt has given us is beneficial for us in some way and a cure for some ailment or another.
SubhanAllah Alhamdulilah

Almonds should be on the list too.IMHO:happy:
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rukx
10-23-2007, 01:27 PM
looks like i will start to eat some of these from now on. i like the fruits. not very fond of vegetables!!
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H4RUN
12-12-2007, 09:44 PM
Read
Contemplate
Enact
:D
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chacha_jalebi
12-12-2007, 09:47 PM
how comes chips and good old aloo parantha aint on the list:p i was told it was healthy:(

naa jazakhallah for the list

mmmmmmmm @ raspberries & mangos
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Re.TiReD
12-12-2007, 09:53 PM
AssalamuAlaykum!

*grin* Mangoes, cranberry juice and figs! SubhanAllah I'm happy.

Wassalam
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truemuslim
12-13-2007, 12:23 AM
Originally Posted by shible
I like Mango, Lemon and Ginger

i like mango, lemon...but ginger makes me twitch
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ranma1/2
12-13-2007, 05:48 AM
i didnt know skim milk was a grain.
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ranma1/2
12-13-2007, 05:49 AM
i noticed you left pistachioes off that lists. It is flawed.. FLAWED I SAY!!!!
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Muhminah123
12-13-2007, 06:15 AM
Thanks for that wonderful list. It's a great reminder of the kinds of foods that we should be including in our diet on a frequent basis. Unfortunately for me, I have allergies to a number of the foods on that list.
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Re.TiReD
12-13-2007, 03:25 PM
Originally Posted by ranma1/2
i noticed you left pistachioes off that lists. It is flawed.. FLAWED I SAY!!!!

*grin* its what? ...FLaWeD... you say? *grin*
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Camomilla
12-13-2007, 03:51 PM
thanx for the share, Jazakallah Khair!
Insha Allah I'll print this.
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shible
12-13-2007, 04:42 PM
Thanks Sis
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Camomilla
12-13-2007, 05:04 PM
you're welcome!
Walnut is very healthy too, I read somewhere that It keeps your skin young, Allah knows best.
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Al_Imaan
12-13-2007, 11:33 PM
01. Apricots.....LIKE

02. Avocados.....LIKE

03. Raspberries.....DISLIKE

04. Mango.....LIKE

05. Cantaloupe.....LIKE

06. Cranberry Juice.....LIKE

07. Tomato.....DISLIKE

08. Raisins.....DISLIKE

09. Figs.....DISLIKE

10. Lemons/Limes.....LIKE

11. Onions.....DISLIKE

12. Artichokes.....DISLIKE

13. Ginger.....DISLIKE

14. Broccoli.....DISLIKE

15. Spinach.....DISLIKE

16. Bok Choy (Chinese cabbage).....DISLIKE

17. Squash (Butternut, Pumpkin, Acorn).....DISLIKE

18. Watercress and Arugula.....DISLIKE

19. Garlic.....DISLIKE

20. Quinoa.....DISLIKE

21. Wheat Germ.....DISLIKE

22. Lentils.....DISLIKE

23. Peanuts.....DISLIKE

24. Pinto Beans.....DISLIKE

25. Low fat Yogurt.....DISLIKE

26. Skim Milk.....DISLIKE

27. Shellfish (Clams, Mussels).....NEVER TRIED

28. Salmon.....LIKE

29. Crab.....NEVER TRIED



that's like.....7 out of 29...not bad....imsad
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transition?
12-15-2007, 02:53 PM
How do crabs taste like?

WOAH ! at people not liking tomatoes!
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genki
12-15-2007, 03:53 PM
everybodys opinion of healthiest food is different. this list for example didnt list kiwi or papaya or in terms of processed food tofu or natto or many other things eg bananas all of which is good for your heart etc
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*Behna*
12-15-2007, 04:44 PM
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thanx for the sharing.

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shible
12-16-2007, 04:32 PM
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Originally Posted by genki
everybodys opinion of healthiest food is different. this list for example didnt list kiwi or papaya or in terms of processed food tofu or natto or many other things eg bananas all of which is good for your heart etc
it may be True Brother.

But there are some possibilities why the food u have mentioned is not on the list

  • The list may be old.
  • It may be something related to what is available in that country
  • or it may be rated by considering all the properties of that food. like papaya produces a lot of heat in our body though it's good.



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Woodrow
12-16-2007, 04:47 PM
Originally Posted by transition?
How do crabs taste like?

WOAH ! at people not liking tomatoes!
Have you every seen the movie "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes"?

That alone is reason to hate tomatoes. They are vicious creatures.


Now in all seriousness. Many people are highly allergic to tomatoes. My self I am not allergic to them, but I can not tolerate the taste of them.

Tomatoes are one of those things you either hate or love. I know the majority of the people love them. But, for those of us who hate them, they really do taste horrible.

Crabs taste pretty much like what ever you boil them in. The South Louisiana crab seasoning can only be described as "Mucho Caliente"

HOT

Elsewhere they taste similar to Prawns, Shrimp or Lobster.
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shible
12-16-2007, 05:00 PM
But the Crabs in india are not so huge like those available on other parts of the world.

and when adding indian style spices it tastes really Awesomeee
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Pk_#2
12-16-2007, 05:11 PM
Originally Posted by shible
But the Crabs in india are not so huge like those available on other parts of the world.

and when adding indian style spices it tastes really Awesomeee
Yeah I realised, a lot of things can taste good, when you currify it.

Keep posting, nice threads!
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shible
12-16-2007, 05:23 PM
Thanks Sis

check the thread

7 Food Every woman must eat .
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FatimaAsSideqah
10-20-2008, 04:06 PM
Loads more at this link!

http://www.dwlz.com/HealthyLife/healthy50.html

Cinnamon, recent research found that 1/4 tsp to 1 tsp of cinnamon daily improves insulin function and, in turn, blood-sugar control.

Olive, its extremely high monounsaturated fat content, olive oil also contains a heart-healthy compound called squalene.
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seeker-of-light
10-25-2008, 03:14 PM
i like only a few of those foods...lol i must stop being such a picky eater>< i need to be healthy and eat more healthy foods>< but i love chocolate so muchT_T
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Lancelot
10-27-2008, 05:01 PM
Yes i do.. because in the last time i've became a paranoid about it.. Now maybe they lie or maybe don't say the whole truth but at least i think i made the right choice.. or the least bad.
Sure you do have to check what you are going to "throw inside", .. you are what you eat ;)







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