Last week, a nutritionist at Stanford University said that if you wanted to eat just one thing for the rest of your life . . . and not die of malnutrition . . . it would have to be BREAST MILK. Nothing else has all the nutrients your body needs.
--Obviously no one's gonna do that. So here's a list from "Men's Health" of the EIGHT foods you should eat every day. According to the article, if you only eat these eight things . . . plus a little protein . . . you'll be as healthy as possible.
#1.) Spinach. The omega-3s and the folate reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, and osteoporosis. Or if you don't like spinach, have kale or romaine lettuce instead.
#2.) Yogurt. The fermentation process creates millions of probiotic organisms that help boost your immune system, and also protect against cancer.
--But not all yogurts are probiotic. You have to look for one that says, "live and active cultures" on the container. The ideal amount is one cup a day.
#3.) Tomatoes. The reddest ones you can find are best because they have higher levels of lycopene, which lowers your chances of bladder, lung, prostate, skin, and stomach cancers.
--If you don't like tomatoes or even tomato SAUCE, you can also get lycopene in papayas, watermelon, or grapefruit.
#4.) Black Beans. All beans are good for your heart. So eating pinto, kidney, fava, or lima beans is fine too. But black beans are best because they also have antioxidant compounds that are good for your brain.
#5.) Carrots. Yes, they're good for your eyes. But they also reduce your risk of cancer, and help with inflammatory conditions like asthma and arthritis.
--If carrots aren't your thing, you can get the same benefits from sweet potatoes, pumpkins, butternut squash, yellow bell peppers, or pretty much any fruit or vegetable that's yellow or orange.
#6.) Blueberries. They're good for your cardiovascular system, prevent cancer, diabetes, and age-related memory loss. And they have more antioxidants than any other North American fruit.
--Red grapes, prunes, raisins, and strawberries are decent alternatives.
#7.) Walnuts. They have a ton of protein, more omega-3s than salmon, and more antioxidants than red wine. Almonds, peanuts, pistachios, macadamia nuts, and hazelnuts have one or two of those things. But not all three like walnuts do.
#8.) Oats. The fiber lowers your risk of heart disease. And even though oats have a lot of carbohydrates, the sugar from those carbs enters your bloodstream pretty slowly because of all the fiber.
--You can also get similar benefits from flaxseed and wild rice.