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7 Superfoods That Are Nutrient Dense and Extremely Healthy

by Galen Chay, Natural News:

Every time you have a meal, you’re either nourishing your body so that you can maintain good health or you’re starving it of vital nutrients. So it’s vital that you feed yourself with the most nutrient dense foods that are super healthy.

Although I personally prefer to go low carb and advise folks who have prediabetes, Type 2 diabetes, nonalcoholic fatty disease, hypertension and are overweight with lots of visceral fat to go low carb as well, if you don’t fall into any of these categories I’ve mentioned, you don’t have to go low carb unless you want to. Just stick to a natural whole foods diet which is totally devoid of sugar, artificial sweeteners, additives, preservatives, refined carbohydrates, processed foods, commercial vegetable and seed oils will go a long way in maintaining good health and prevent chronic diseases.

This brings me to the topic I’m going to talk about today: superfoods that are nutrient dense and extremely healthy. There’s a whole list of such foods but for this article I’m just going to mention 7 of them.

Eggs

Eggs are easily one of the most nutrient dense foods on this planet. It’s packed with protein, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

In terms of macronutrients a medium sized hard boiled egg contains:

77 calories
6 grams of protein
5 grams of healthy fats
0.6 grams of carbs

The vitamins and minerals include:

Vitamin A: 6% of RDA or Recommended Daily Allowance
Vitamin E: 4% of RDA
Riboflavin: 15% of RDA
Vitamin B6: 3% of RDA
Folate: 5% of RDA
Vitamin B12: 9% of RDA
Pantothenic Acid: 7% of RDA
Phosphorous: 9% of RDA
Selenium: 22% of RDA

And no, the cholesterol in eggs DOES NOT cause heart disease as is commonly believed by mainstream medicine, in case you’re wondering. And here are some of the studies to prove it.

A 12-week study from the University of Connecticut involving 28 participants showed that eating 3 eggs increased HDL levels. Increased HDL levels decreases heart disease risk so this refutes the mistaken notion of eating eggs increase cardiovascular disease risk.

In another 6-week Danish study by the Clinic for Preventive Health Examinations in Copenhagen, 24 healthy adults were instructed to consume 2 eggs every day. At the end of the study, serum HDL went up by 10% with triglycerides and LDL remaining unchanged.

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are one of nature’s true superfoods. It delivers maximum nutrients with minimum calories and promotes digestion and detox of the body.

Fiber is essential for your body’s ability to detoxify and chia seeds promote bowel regularity because of its high fiber content and healthy fats. They are high in alpha linoleic acid (ALA), a fatty acid which helps the body absorb fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. It can absorb up to twelve times its own weight in water!

The content of heart healthy omega 3 fatty acids in Chia seeds are exceptionally high: about 75% of the fats in chia seeds consist of the omega 3 fatty acid alpha linolenic acid (ALA), while the remaining 20% consist of omega-6 fatty acids. Research suggests that a high ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 can reduce the risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, inflammatory diseases and premature death.

However the omega 3 (ALA) in chia seeds aren’t as readily available to the body as those from fatty fish and fish oil because these fatty acids need to be converted to EPA and DHA (found in fatty fish and fish oil) before the human body can readily utilize them.

Chia seeds contain more protein than most grains and are a great plant-based protein source. They are also excellent sources of many essential minerals like manganese, phosphorus, copper, selenium, iron, magnesium and calcium, but relatively poor sources of vitamins.

Flaxseeds

Flaxseeds are also known as Linseeds and have been cultivated for thousands of years in the Middle East but it’s only in the last couple of years that it became a popular health food.

Like chia seeds, flaxseeds have a high concentration of Omega 3 fatty acids, plenty of fiber and adequate protein. They have health benefits such as improving the digestive system and a reduced risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and cancer largely because of the fiber and lignans (estrogen-like chemical compounds with antioxidant qualities, able to scavenge free radicals in the body), present in the seeds.

Research studies have shown that the consumption of flaxseeds can lower both total cholesterol and LDL by 9% to 18%.

They are easy to incorporate into your daily diet and grinding them is the best way to make the most of their health benefits as it makes them easier to digest.

Tempeh

Tempeh is a fermented soy product which originated from Indonesia. It has a nutty flavor and can be used in stir fry dishes, curries and lontong, an Indonesian curry based soup with coconut cream, vegetables and bean curd pieces.

It is now found in many parts of the world as a cheap source of plant protein. Other than its high probiotic content, it has other healing properties that make it popular amongst health enthusiasts.

The soy isoflavones in tempeh has been proven to significantly improve lipid levels by lowering total and LDL cholesterol. Soy isoflavones has also been found to improve the bone density of ethnic Chinese menopausal women with lowered bone mass. There is also evidence that soy isoflavones have anti-cancer properties.

Tempeh is rich in niacin or vitamin B3 which has been found to also increase HDL cholesterol, lower LDL and triglycerides.

Tempeh is available in Asian grocery stores, typically Indonesian or Malaysian grocery stores to be more exact. Most large cities with diverse ethnic groups should have a couple of Indonesian or Malaysian grocery stores. It is easily available in supermarkets and wet markets in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.

However, if you have Type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance or are overweight, you may wish to limit the intake of tempeh because it’s relatively high in carbohydrates at 15.6 grams per serving.

Kale

Kale is one of the most nutrient dense vegetables and is often said to be the nutrition powerhouse of vegetables. Even spinach that’s been lauded as another nutrient dense food pales in comparison.

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