The health section of the MSN website recently summarized some healthy foods that people should follow and learn from by studying and comparing dietary habits around the world.
The World Recognized Healthy Food
1. Iceland: Fresh fish. The daily consumption of large amounts of fresh fish (such as cod, herring) makes Icelandic cuisine one of the world’s healthiest diets.
2. Sweden: Rye bread. The Swedish diet doesn’t have a lot of vegetables, but they make up for it by eating healthy, dietary fiber-rich rye bread.
3. China: Kohlrabi. This vegetable is widely consumed in China. It contains a surprising amount of antioxidants with anti-cancer properties, as well as vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K and many B vitamins.
4. Greece: Fava beans. The Greeks have been consuming fava beans for centuries. It is a high quality source of protein and dietary fiber, as well as high levels of folic acid and B vitamins; nutrients that are needed for blood formation, cognitive function and energy replenishment.
5. Spain: Almonds. The natural almonds loved by the Spanish can lower cholesterol levels and prevent heart disease.
6. Italy: Tomatoes. The star ingredients in Italian cuisine (olive oil, garlic and tomatoes) are incredibly healthy. Cooked tomatoes contain high levels of lycopene, which can prevent breast and prostate cancer.
7. India: Turmeric. Widely used in the Indian diet, turmeric helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease with the amazing chemical composition of curcumin, which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
8. Norway: Salmon. Norwegians consume larger amounts of oily fish, such as salmon and herring; they are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which help prevent heart disease and promote brain development.
9. France: Red wine. Red wine contains polyphenols that are beneficial to cardiovascular health and also have anti-cancer properties.
10. Thailand: Tom Yum Goong soup (hot and sour shrimp soup). Researchers at the University of Agriculture in Thailand found that Tom Yum Kung soup (made from shrimp, cilantro, lemongrass and ginger), which is popular among Thais, is far more effective than other antioxidants in inhibiting the growth of cancerous tumors.
11. Japan: Seaweed. It is rich in antioxidants, which protect against free radicals and reduce the risk of cancer. Seaweed also contains iodine, a trace element that promotes the proper functioning of the thyroid gland.
12. Japan: Soba. Japanese soba noodles contain vitamin B17, which has anti-cancer properties, and its nutritional value is much higher than the white, ordinary noodles made of wheat and eggs consumed by Westerners.
13. Okinawa: Sweet potato. The inhabitants of the Japanese island of Okinawa are mostly long-lived, and their most important staple food is the sweet potato, which is rich in dietary fiber and contains large amounts of vitamin A, vitamin E, calcium and potassium.