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The Top 10 Foods You Should Be Eating

vegetable heart largeNot all foods are going to give you the same benefits. It’s important to know what kinds of foods are best for you. Follow Lifegooroo.com’s list of recommended foods to help you keep a nutritious diet that also fights disease. To find out more about which foods to eat, and what to avoid like the plague, click here.

In no particular order, here are the Top 10 Foods You Should be Eating:

Leafy Greens

Leafy green vegetables are one way to fight type-2 diabetes. Leafy greens include cabbage, kale, Swiss chard, Romaine lettuce and spinach. Spinach may not contain as much iron as it once was thought, but it is still rich with antioxidants, vitamins, and a number of healthy nutrients like calcium, folic acid, and selenium.  But be careful not to overcook these vegetables, as they can lose a lot of their health benefits while they are in the pan.

Apples

Apples really can keep the doctor away. The antioxidants in apples fight free radicals, the harmful chemical bonds which can lead to disease that are produced in your body. Studies have shown that for eating an apple daily lowers the level of bad LDL cholesterol and increases in good, HDL cholesterol.

Avocado

Avocados have high potassium levels, much higher than you can find in bananas. They are rich in vitamins B, K and E and have high fiber content. And though they have high fat levels, it’s the kind of monosaturated fat your body should be getting.

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Sweet Potatoes

Root vegetables that, compared to other food staples, provide an excellent source for vitamins A, B and C, complex carbohydrates, fiber, beta-carotene, and even protein.

Oatmeal

A food that is rich in B vitamins, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, potassium, water-soluble fiber and complex carbohydrates, oatmeal has it all. The positive benefits of oatmeal in your diet mean lower cholesterol levels, slower, more thorough digestion, and better heart health.

Broccoli

Vitamin C doesn’t just come in citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruits. Even small servings of broccoli can provide you with more than 100 percent of the Vitamin C that your body needs every day.

Almonds

Rich in nutrients like vitamin E, iron, magnesium, calcium and fiber, almonds have been found to keep cholesterol at healthy levels. Snacking on just a small amount of almonds can also provide you with an easy way to feel satisfied without weight gain. A serving of almonds a day can keep your heart healthy, and may even lower your risk of developing heard disease and cancer.

Oily Fish

Omega-3 fatty acids: good for your brain as well as your heart. The oil found in fish like salmon, herring, sardines, trout and anchovies are full of highly beneficial omega-3s, not to mention vitamins A and D.

Blueberries

Those little blueberries are huge fat fighters. Besides being a good source of fiber and antioxidants, blueberries also contain polyphenols. These polyphenols help process fat that is already in your body while at the same time stopping fat cells from even forming.

Wheat Germ

Wheat germ is rich in vitamin E, fatty acids, folate, thiamin, zinc and fiber. Since it contains so much nutritious value, adding it to the foods you already eat can make your diet healthier. As an ingredient in protein shakes, casseroles, or baked foods like muffins and cakes, wheat germ can help fun foods stay nutritious.

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