By: Mission Healthy Living
August 12, 2019
Eating healthy requires you to balance your intake. You need different foods to obtain all the nutrients you need, while also eating the right amount. Wouldn’t it be nice if one food had the exact nutrients you need?
While that miracle item hasn’t been found yet, scientists studied more than 1,000 raw foods to find which had the highest nutrient content, based on a nutritional score.
The number 1 food?
Here are some of the other top contenders:
- Highest-rated fruit: Cherimoya (#2), a tropical fruit that slightly resembles an artichoke
- Highest-rate meat: Ocean Perch (#3), a deep-water Atlantic species of fish that joins several other fish species in the top 20
- Highest-rated veggie: Swiss Chard (#7), a leafy green that beat out kale and spinach
But the most surprising entry might be pork fat at #8, which scientists scored highly for being a “good source of B vitamins and minerals.”
If you only use salt and pepper to flavor your meals, check out the spices/condiments on the list:
- Dried parsley and parsley (#11 and #44, respectively)
- Celery flakes (#12)
- Basil (#26)
- Mustard leaves (#34)
- Coriander (#36)
And if you’re looking to add some heat to a dish, chili powder (#25) and chili peppers (#29) ranked high as well.
Here are the full food rankings. If you’re looking for ways to incorporate more nutritious foods into your diet and meals, head to ChooseMyPlate.gov for useful infographics.