Five Of The Healthiest Fruits And Vegetables

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It’s no surprise that fruits and vegetables are two of the healthiest food groups a person can choose from. But just which ones are healthiest? Check out five of the healthiest fruits and veggies known to man below.

Lemons

These citrusy fruits have more than 100 percent of your daily vitamin C requirement, which might help raise “good” HDL cholesterol levels while strengthening your bones.

The citrus flavonoids in lemons can also inhibit cancer cell growth while acting as an anti-inflammatory agent. Stick a slice of lemon into your tea. One recent study found that citrus fruits raise your body’s ability to absorb many antioxidants found in tea by a whopping 80 percent.

Brocolli

One of the founding fathers of good health, these green health greats offer more than 100 percent of your daily vitamin K requirement, and nearly 200 percent of your daily requirement of vitamin C, which are two nutrients that are key in bone production.

Brocolli also helps fight off many cancers.  Did you know that you can preserve up to 90 percent of broccoli’s vitamin C by simply sticking it into the microwave? By comparison, steaming or boiling brocolli retains only 66 percent of the nutritent.

Avocado

These mushy guys are rich in healthy fats that have been shown to decrease cholesterol by nearly 22 percent in one recent study.  In fact, just one avocado has more than half your daily fiber requirement and 40 percent of your daily folate requirement, which might lower your risk for heart disease.  Adding avocado to your salad can increase your body’s absorption of key nutrients (such as beta-carotene) by 300 to 500 percent compared with salads sans avocados.

Spinach

Spinach carries two immune-boosting antioxidants that are crucial for eye health, called lutein and zeaxanthin. Recent research even indicated that spinach is one of the most effective vegetables against fighting cancer. Spinach is a flavorless addition to any smoothie. Seriously– you won’t be able to taste it in any smoothie you make!

Potatoes

Just one red potato carries 66 micrograms of cell-building folate, which is roughly the amount carried in a cup of spinach or broccoli.  Also– just one sweet potato has nearly eight times the number of cancer-fighting (and immune-boosting) vitamin A daily requirement.  Before eating your potato, let it cool. Research indicates that this will help you burn almost 25 percent more fat following a big meal because of a fat-resistant starch in the potato.

 

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