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Superfoods

Nov. 2, 2016, 8:26 p.m.
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I happened across this research article searching for some other info and thought it was pretty good so figured I'd share it here. The study basically looks at which foods provide the most health benefit in terms of preventing chronic disease and of course it should come as no surprise that the top foods are all vegetables and fruits with the majority being vegetables. What may surprise you though are some of the vegetables that are at the top of the list and that the majority of the foods on the list are vegetables with the handful of fruits that made the list being near the bottom.

In terms of ranking the foods a 2 step process was used that essentially identified foods that would qualify as a superfood based on current literature and guidelines and then assigning a nutrient density score which was determined based on the nutrients available in the food. While a total of 47 foods were tested, only foods with a score above 10 were ranked which resulted in a list of 41 foods. The foods left off the list included raspberries, tangerines, cranberries, garlic, onions, and blueberries.

Here's the list:

Watercress 100.00
Chinese cabbage 91.99
Chard 89.27
Beet - green 87.08
Spinach 86.43
Chicory 73.36
Leaf lettuce 70.73
Parsley 65.59
Romaine lettuce 63.48
Collard green 62.49
Turnip green 62.12
Mustard green 61.39
Endive 60.44
Chive 54.80
Kale 49.07
Dandelion green 46.34
Red pepper 41.26
Arugula 37.65
Broccoli 34.89
Pumpkin 33.82
Brussels sprout 32.23
Scallion 27.35
Kohlrabi 25.92
Cauliflower 25.13
Cabbage 24.51
Carrot 22.60
Tomato 20.37
Lemon 18.72
Iceberg lettuce 18.28
Strawberry 17.59
Radish 16.91
Winter squash 13.89
Orange 12.91
Lime 12.23
Grapefruit (P[HTML_REMOVED]R) 11.64
Rutabaga 11.58
Turnip 11.43
Blackberry 11.39
Leek 10.69
Sweet potato 10.51
Grapefruit (W) 10.47

Link to the full study: https://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2014/13_0390.htm

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Nov. 2, 2016, 8:27 p.m.
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tl:dr. Eat your veggies?

Nov. 2, 2016, 8:39 p.m.
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tl:dr. Eat your veggies?

Your yield will be greater from better nutrition than from the fallacy of believing you're smarter than the market.

Nov. 2, 2016, 8:57 p.m.
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tl:dr. Eat your veggies?

more or less, but you might as well invest in the products that yield the highest dividends.

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Nov. 2, 2016, 9:01 p.m.
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Im not pleased that blueberries didnt make the cut.

Nov. 2, 2016, 9:03 p.m.
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Im not pleased that blueberries didnt make the cut.

they're still a great food, but they just don't pack as much of a punch as others on the list.

i knew watercress was good, but was surprised to see it at the top of the list.

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Nov. 2, 2016, 9:54 p.m.
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I don't see the Ms Vickies lime and black pepper chips on this list?

Kidoing aside, thanks for the info.

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Nov. 2, 2016, 9:55 p.m.
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list is incomplete you forgot Bacon

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Nov. 2, 2016, 9:57 p.m.
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list is incomplete you forgot Bacon

bacon was so off the charts they had to leave it off the list just so the other foods wouldn't look so bad.

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Nov. 2, 2016, 10:50 p.m.
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They left insects off the chart. I for one embrace our future insect reliant diet.

http://www.ediblebugshop.com.au/p/8919994/cricket-protein-powder-200g.html

Nov. 3, 2016, 8:17 a.m.
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I love that leaf lettuce is way higher than the oh so trendy kale. Fuck kale. I used to eat it, juice it and blend it into smoothies until one day I realized it really did taste like shit and stopped cold turkey. Then I found out it was nowhere near as nutrient dense as iceberg and I felt pretty good about my decision.

Edit: oops, iceberg isn't higher than kale, but leaf lettuce is. And spinach of course kicks it's ass, which we already knew thanks to Popeye. I'd take spinach and leaf lettuce all day long over that filthy bitter kale shit.

Nov. 3, 2016, 8:22 a.m.
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I always thought lettuce was just a filler food. Interesting.

Nov. 3, 2016, 8:23 a.m.
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I love that leaf lettuce is way higher than the oh so trendy kale. Fuck kale. I used to eat it, juice it and blend it into smoothies until one day I realized it really did taste like shit and stopped cold turkey. Then I found out it was nowhere near as nutrient dense as iceberg and I felt pretty good about my decision.

are you fucking kidding me? all this time i've been suffering, yes, suffering through a helping of raw twine, er kale and it's not making me super human for the effort? now that is truly disturbing dietary news.

Nov. 3, 2016, 8:41 a.m.
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Iceberg leuttce a superfood? Well I'll be dammed.


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Nov. 3, 2016, 9:07 a.m.
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Yep, ditch the 'kale chips' that don't even deserve to carry the name chips, and stuff a taco full of leaf lettuce and romaine. Add some tomatoes, red peppers and squirt some lime juice in there for bonus points. Even though onions and garlic didn't make the list, they can sit at the table too. Just ask any paleontologist, and you'll see that some shredded bovine aint so bad either. I think I just planned tonight's superfood extravaganza. Mmmmm.

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