The World’s Healthiest Foods

Reposted from The George Mateljan Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation with no commercial interests or advertising, is a new force for change to help make a healthier you and a healthier world.

127 foods that can serve as the basis of your Healthiest Way of Eating. Links to the articles about these foods can be found below.

Of course, there are many other nutritious foods other than those that we have included on our list that we feel are wonderful, health-promoting foods; if there are other whole foods – such as fruits, vegetables, nuts/seeds, whole grains, etc – that you like, by all means enjoy them. Just because a food is not on our list doesn’t mean that we don’t think that it can be included in a diet geared towards the Healthiest Way of Eating as long as it is a whole, natural, nutrient-rich food.

To find out why some of your favorite nutritious foods are not included in our list, read The Criteria Used to Select the World’s Healthiest Foods.


FAQs about the World’s Healthiest Foods

Criteria for The World’s Healthiest Foods

Among the thousands of different foods our world provides, the majority contain at least several of the nutrients our bodies need but to be included as one of the World’s Healthiest Foods they had to meet the criteria listed below.

The criteria we used will also help you understand why some of your favorite (and also nutritious) foods may not be included on our list. For example, Readers have asked why pomegranate, a very nutritious food, is not included on our website. While pomegranates taste great and are rich in vitamins and flavonoid phytonutrients, they are still rather expensive which makes them not as widely available to many people.

1. The World’s Healthiest Foods are the Most Nutrient Dense

The World’s Healthiest Foods have been selected because they are among the richest sources of many of the essential nutrients needed for optimal health. We used a concept called nutrient density to determine which foods have the highest nutritional value.

Nutrient density is a measure of the amount of nutrients a food contains in comparison to the number of calories. A food is more nutrient dense when the level of nutrients is high in relationship to the number of calories the food contains. By eating the World’s Healthiest Foods, you’ll get all the essential nutrients that you need for excellent health, including vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, essential fatty acids, fiber and more for the least number of calories. Read more about Our Food and Recipe Rating System.

2. The World’s Healthiest Foods are Whole Foods

The World’s Healthiest Foods are also whole foods complete with all their rich natural endowment of nutrients. They have not been highly processed nor do they contain synthetic, artificial or irradiated ingredients. And whenever possible, The Healthier Way of Eating recommends purchasing “Organically Grown” foods, since they not only promote your health, but also the health of our planet.

3. The World’s Healthiest Foods are Familiar Foods

The World’s Healthiest Foods are common “everyday” foods. These include the fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds, lean meats, fish, olive oil, herbs and spices that are familiar to most people.

4. The World’s Healthiest Foods are Readily Available

Although there are many foods that are exceptionally nutritious, many of them are not readily available in different areas of the country. The World’s Healthiest Foods are foods that the majority people can easily find at their local market.

5. The World’s Healthiest Foods are Affordable

We have selected foods that are not only familiar and available, but also affordable, especially if you purchase them locally and in season. This is also the time when they are the freshest and of the best quality.

6. The World’s Healthiest Foods Taste Good

The World’s Healthiest Foods are also some of the world’s best tasting foods. We have created recipes using the World’s Healthiest Foods that do not overpower, but enhance, the unique flavor of each food. Each recipe provides a flavor adventure so you can discover new ways to experience and enjoy the great natural tastes of these foods.

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Patience, Persistence and Consistency

It looks like I am about to take a leap. Entering the world of Blogs is what I am directed to do.  First and foremost, join me and communicate with me. I need your help. When you ask me a question I will do my best to answer.  Please note the subject I chose, read it and do not be afraid to comment on it.   I ask that you to be patient with me, I intend to post on Tuesdays –––  I will be persistent and with consistency arrive at a work is progress.  First I must wait for the Arizona summer temperature to change.  I will be thinking of conversations to have with you.

Let me see where this one goes?

A few year ago I was asked about patience  persistence and consistency, I had to think a moment and soon realized these words had meanings available to all of us.  I am a doctor of medicine, some call me the Mother of Holistic Medicine.  This, my friends, is a titled bestowed it does not make me who I am.  I can tell you I am an old doctor of medicine, over 90 you know!  I was born in India from American missionary parents.  I studies and practiced medicine in the United States.

All this has little to do with the words above, though it took me patience, persistence and consistency to become a doctor. I learned about patience probably when my children were born.  My patients also were teachers of patience.

There is not an hour or a day for patience, it is a conditional demand of life. I know as our life processes take us on various journeys at times we are required to be patient. I know patience is something that is not fast and it tests our expectations and judgements.  We can become conscious and aware  of  these situations and exercise the choice to wait, and see.  In other words become patience itself and watch and see…  The effect of impatience; it is a waste of time and energy, it is unfruitful and it causes stresses that get us in trouble.  When we get impatient, with ourselves, with our love ones, with life it self we send messages to ourselves.  Our bodies respond, our blood pressure goes up, our anger builds up, our adrenal get exhausted and the thing we apparently fear the most, we age faster.

Do yourself a favor, be patient.

When I was a practicing medical doctor, I assisted mothers in the delivery of their babies.  The fathers were outside the room, waiting for the arrival of son or daughter.  I felt it was a good idea to have the father in the delivery room with the mother.  After all they usually are present at conception!  This idea took a great deal time to be accepted by the the community of doctors and the parents themselves.   Twelve years later it became a reality. today if a father wishes to be in the delivery room he can.  I had to exercise patience, I had to persist with every step I took  and be consistent every time I expressed the idea that both parents be part of the birthing process.

Life is a miracle but living requires plenty of patience and persistence and when we aim we must be consistent to reach our target.

We have dreams, needs, aspirations, ideas and  ideals. I observe often we forget that life does not happen immediately just because we wish or will it to be so.

To nourish our dreams, needs and aspirations,  ideas and our ideals we must give them the time they deserve, gestation takes time and patience.  We need to be patience with our soul, examine the objects of our fixation.

To reach our goal we need to do our best and take the steps that will take us where we need to be and influence the seeds to grow.

When we do these things, we begin to understand that life is a process that requires patience. We grow and life requires us to make changes at various levels.  At times, the changes are physical, sometimes they are molecular, sometimes they are mental, we must be flexible. It takes patience, persistence and consistency to be a human.  Divine laws demands these things of us.

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