Virgin olive oil, a monounsaturated lipid included in the Mediterranean diet, has been linked to a lower risk of cancer, heart disease, and other obesity-related issues, as well as a lower risk of stroke.
Lentils are the Chuck Taylors of nutritional all-stars: old-school, a little shabby in appearance, but tremendously popular all over the world. The pulse has been consumed by humans for about 13,000 years.
Walnut consumption one or more times per week was linked to a 19 percent lower risk of total cardiovascular disease and a 23 percent lower risk of coronary heart disease, according to the study.
Oats are high in beta-glucan, a form of soluble fibre, and avenanthramide, an anti-inflammatory chemical that helps reduce obesity-related health concerns like heart disease and diabetes.
A cup of watercress has 4 calories in it. Watercress was placed first in a study report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that assessed 47 fruits and vegetables based on levels of 17 disease-fighting components.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away—as long as the skin is left on. Traditional skin-saving advice was focused primarily on its fibre content (an average apple has 4.5 grammes), but the health benefits don't end there.
Tomatoes and tomato products are consumed in greater quantities in the United States than in any other country. That's good news, according to researchers, because tomatoes are particularly high in lycopene, an antioxidant that, unlike most nutrients in fresh vegetables, can be stored in the body.