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15 of the Best Foods to Eat Daily (Part 2)

Written by Courteney

Posted on August 8, 2016 at 1:09 am

Last time we looked at the first 7 of our top 15 best foods to consume daily, and now let’s  check out the last 8:

  1. Celery – if you think celery is just a low-calorie, water based food with little to offer aside from being a good weight-loss snack food, you’ve been misled. Celery is rich in various antioxidants, as well as polysaccharides which can help with inflammation. Celery also contains its fair share of vitamin C and K as well as folate. So how’s that for incentive to add celery to a daily veggie platter?
  2. Bell Peppers – A serving of these versatile veggies contains well over 100% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C, as well as many other vitamins, nutrients and phytochemicals. All kinds of peppers also contain capsaicin , which appears to help reduce the risk of prostate cancer and also has natural analgesic properties which can benefit chronic pain sufferers.
  • Citrus fruit – Citrus fruits are excellent sources of potassium, calcium, thiamin, B and C vitamins, potassium and fiber. They also contain less sugar than some other fruit choices, however, choices like grapefruits can interact with certain heart medications so it is important to check with your doctor first if you take daily medications.
  • Carrots – The old adage that a rabbit’s favorite food is good for your eyesight is true. This is largely due to their high beta carotene levels. Beta carotene converts vitamin A into retinol, a key ingredient in maintaining good eye health (as well as aiding the immune system and bones). Carrots are also high in multiple vitamins and antioxidants, as well as iron and manganese.
  1. Blueberries these berries have been gaining some serious good-health spotlight in the last few years, and there are plenty of reasons for that. They are one of the richest sources of antioxidants around, high in fiber, as well as many other vitamins and nutrients and are lower in sugar than most other fruit – not to mention delicious! So, take any chance you get to chow down on these vibrant berries.
  2. Tomatoes – Tomatoes are nutritional powerhouses; they contain an abundance of vitamins and minerals, antioxidants and carotenoids. Research also suggests they aid the immune system and may help lower the risk of certain cancers such as pancreatic.
  3. Coffee – Coffee?! Yes, you heard us correctly. Believe it or not, despite the somewhat tarnished reputation coffee has earned over the years, a morning cup of joe may actually improve your health. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, coffee may play a role in reducing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, gallstones, Parkinson’s and may even have some cardiovascular benefits. It has also shown promise in helping asthma.
  4. Dark chocolate –This list just keeps getting better! Quality 70% (or higher) dark chocolate offers up a bouquet of healthful substances including: iron, zinc, fiber, magnesium, potassium, selenium and flavonoids. Research suggests dark chocolate consumption may help with lowering blood pressure, easing PMS symptoms, easing an overactive digestive tract, and more.

That concludes our 15 favorite healthy foods to eat daily, but stay tuned for some honorable mentions that you should also add to the menu frequently in a future post. Thanks for visiting DocChat! We hope you’ll start making some of these nutritious winners part of your daily diet.



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