And so the rating for nutritious and healthy food/diet continues as we bring you common Nigerian foods people overlook on daily basis in Nigeria that nutritionists have labelled most nutritious foods on earth.
Most people probably know that as long as you take it easy on those carbohydrate-fat filled foods and focus on balancing every meal with 50% fruits or vegetables, your body would be most grateful.
A long list of fruits and vegetables were ranked based on their nutrient density and the research conducted by Jennifer Di Noia from William Paterson University, who specializes in public health categorized those most strongly associated with a reduced risk of chronic disease – powerhouse foods.
She proceeded with the research by generating scores using 17 nutrients that are key to our health: potassium, fiber, protein, calcium, iron, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, folate, zinc, and vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E, and K.
Each powerhouse food -as they are called- had to provide at least 10% of the daily value of a particular nutrient to be considered a good source, and the more the better — up to 100%. After much fundamental analysis, those fruits and vegetables with fewer calories and more “bioavailable” nutrients (i.e., how much the body can actually make use of a nutrient once it’s been ingested) ranked higher.
Here are the list of power house ranked No. 1 fruits and vegetables, however, we all have different dietary needs, therefore the items would be solid additions to almost any meal; breakfast, lunch and dinner. It will definitely be worth it.
Most Nutritious Foods on Earth
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10. Red Pepper (all types)
11. Grape Fruit (pink)
12. Sweet Potato
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Other non-Nigerian fruits and vegetables include: Leek, Spinach, Blackberry, Turnip, Rutabaga, Winter Squash, Radish, Strawberries, Cauliflower, Kohlrabi, Brussels Sprout, Broccoli, Arugula (rocket), Dandelion green, Kale, Chive, Endive, Mustard green, Turnip green, Collard green, Romaine lettuce, Parsley, Chicory, Chard, Chinese cabbage, Watercress, just to mention a few.