The 5 Best Foods
A patient recently shared with me that she saw a nutritionist talk and he listed the what he thought were the five healthiest foods. I can’t remember the whole list, but they included avocados, almonds, and eggs.
I wouldn’t put these foods in my top 5 list because many people are sensitive to eggs and some are sensitive to tree nuts.
Avocados are a vegetarian source of complete protein, high in fiber, and energy rich due to high amount of fat. They contain a high amount of linoleic acid which your body primarily uses to make inflammatory fatty acids like arachidonic acid but also uses to make a generally anti-inflammatory fatty acid called Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA).
Avocados are an excellent food and, for taste, one of my favorites. But I wouldn’t call it one of the 5 healthiest foods.
So, even though I don’t like to list the 5 best foods (I think it is best and most fun to eat a large variety of healthy foods), I thought it would be a fun exercise to list my top 5. Let’s see how it goes…
- Cruciferous Vegetables – I know, this is a group of vegetables, not a single food, but they provide excellent nutrition, support detoxifcation, and even appear to reduce the risk of some cancers. If I had to pick one cruciferous vegetable as my favorite, the winner would be… kale. Other cruciferous vegetables include many types of greens, broccoli, cabbage, bok choy, and cauliflower.
- Seasonal fruits are rich in health promoting fiber and essential nutrients. Fruit that is in season is richest in nutrients AND tastiest.
- Fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids, but low in mercury like sardines and wild Alaskan salmon
- Water – clean and pure water is important for tissue function, digestion, delivery of nutrients, and detoxification (urine and sweat)
- Medicinal spices – spices are herbs that are more tasty than medicinal herbs, but have excellent effects on health. Healthful spices include garlic (anti-cancer and anti-microbial), cilantro (supports detoxification), ginger (improves circulation, aids digestion, and anti-inflammatory), turmeric (anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer), Rosemary (mildly anti-inflammatory), Thyme (supports lung function and weakly anti-microbial)