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7 Best Healthy Food in The World

Almonds

Almonds are a rich source of fiber, protein, heart-healthy fat, antioxidants and vitamins and minerals, making them a one-stop food. “[They make] a great snack but watch your portion size as almonds are high in calories,” warns Johnson. “Stick to no more than one ounce.” That’s 23 whole, shelled nuts. While the monounsaturated fat works to lower LDL cholesterol, their significant dose of vitamin E provides antioxidant power. What’s more, a quarter-cup of almonds has about 100 milligrams of magnesium (about 25 percent of a daily allowance), which promotes vascular and heart health, and 257 milligrams of potassium, which helps prevent high blood pressure. These benefits also have a track record in real-world scenarios: in five longitudinal cohort studies, including the Iowa Women Health Study and the Nurses’ Study, researchers found that replacing some portion of carbohydrate with nuts like almonds led to a heart disease risk reduction of 30 percent. And in a study in the journalMetabolism, researchers found that eating almonds along with a high glycemic index food (such as white bread, potatoes or sweets) at breakfast significantly lowered the overall glycemic index of the meal by helping to modulate the postprandial blood sugar rise.

Apples

Apples are an “excellent source of pectin, a soluble fiber that can lower blood cholesterol,” says Wixom. The fruit is also high in fiber and its peel contains something called ursolic acid, which has been shown in recent studies to lower the incidence of obesity. “Apples also contain quercetin, which has anti-inflammatory properties and can help in preventing respiratory problems,” Heather Bauer tells The Huffington Post. “Research shows that pregnant women who incorporated apples into their daily diet were less likely to give birth to a child with asthma.”

Artichoke Hearts

These small greenish-yellow veggies are jam-packed with fiber — 12 grams per cup, in fact. And a diet sufficient in fiber helps to promote healthy weight and cholesterol levels — and digestive health. But what’s more, a 2006 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that artichoke hearts had the highest antioxidant density of any vegetable, beating out such well-known antioxidant powerhouses as blueberries, dark chocolate and grapes.

Avocado

Packed with heart-healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat that help people feel satiated, avocados are also rich sources of vitamin C, E, potassium, and lutein. And, points out Politi, when paired with salsa or salad, the monounsaturated fat helps us better absorb carotenoids, lycopene and beta-carotene — an important class of antioxidants found in many vegetables that help to protect against everything from cancer to eye health problems to heart disease. Early research has also found that the fruit could play a role in inhibiting the growth of prostate cancer cells.

Beets

“The dark red color indicates the powerful phytonutrient package of beets,” Diekman tells The Huffington Post. Indeed beets are rich in betalains, such as betanin and vulgaxanthin, that give them their pigment and also have anti-inflammation and antioxidant properties. Beyond that, beets contain significant amounts of folate, vitamin C, B6, iron, phosphorous, calcium, magnesium, zinc, niacin, riboflavin and thiamine.

Beans

Thanks to a certain gross-out childhood rhyme, everyone knows that beans are good for your heart thanks to a high fiber content. Their fiberous quality also makes them protective against certain cancers and a top-rated food for diabetics, per the American Diabetes Association. And when combined with a grain, they comprise a high-quality vegetarian source of complete protein. Beans are an excellent dietary source of folate and also have high levels of iron, potassium and magnesium, according to Wixom, which help with bone health and blood pressure levels.

Bell Peppers

The peppers are “loaded with vitamin C,” says Joy Bauer. But unlike many other sources of the nutrient, bell peppers are relatively low in sugar, while also providing fiber and several antioxidants from the carotenoid class (alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, cryptoxanthin and zeaxanthin). Carotenoids improve eye health, and are associated with areduction in cancer risk and a lower risk of cardiovascular-related death. And at least one study found that they can make you appear more beautiful.