Researchers put together list of top 10 healthy foods

By Michelle Champalanne • Published: July 30th, 2014
Category: Health in a Heartbeat

Ever wonder what foods you should include more in your diet? Using nutrition data and studies, researchers have put together a list of the top 10 healthy foods for your body. Let’s examine these foods … and their benefits.

The first item, apples, is an excellent source of antioxidants. Studies suggest antioxidants may extend lifespans by combating free radicals, oxidized molecules that can damage tissue inside the body.

Almonds are next on the list. Some researchers say snacking on almonds is a healthy protein alternative that won’t increase body weight.

Next is broccoli. A 100-gram serving of broccoli can provide you with more than 150 percent of your daily requirement of vitamin C.

Blueberries, the fourth item, have been linked to curbing cognitive decline, fighting obesity and reducing high blood pressure risk.

Oily fish is another healthy food. Oily fish like salmon are known for their omega-3 fatty acids, which benefit the heart and nervous system.

Next are leafy green vegetables, such as spinach. They are rich in antioxidants, especially when consumed raw.

Sweet potatoes are number seven. They have tons of dietary fiber, beta carotene, complex carbs, vitamin C and vitamin B6.

The following item, wheat germ, is rich in several vital nutrients. It’s high in vitamin E, folic acid, zinc and magnesium.

Avocados are the ninth item of the list of top healthy foods. This high-fat vegetable has rich levels of vitamin B, K and E. Regular avocado consumption has been shown to lower cholesterol levels and even reduce body weight.

Oatmeal is the final item on the list. Oatmeal can drop your blood cholesterol levels, help your heart and even slow down digestion.

Vitamins and supplements are useful, but experts say there is no better way to get the essential nutrients you need than by munching on a diet full of natural foods. Dig in.