Healthy Foods That Are Not Vegetables

We all need to eat our vegetables, but sometimes you want something healthy that isn't a vegetable. So here's our list of non-veggie foods that are healthy.


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You've been told to eat your vegetables since you were a child. Eating your vegetables is important, but there are other foods that are equally good for you. These foods are also called "superfoods", are delicious, and many of them make your healthy diet choice easier to stick with. Here are five "superfoods" that are not vegetables:

Lemons
If you want to take in 100 percent of the vitamin C you need for the day, strengthen your bones, and also increase your good HDL cholesterol, you need not look further than one lemon. It also has other health benefits. It contains citrus flavonoids. These flavonoids have been found to reduce inflammation and may help hinder cancer cell growth in your body. Scientists have discovered that citrus will help your body absorb antioxidants in tea. If you add a slice to your daily green tea, you can increase the absorption ability by close to 80%.

Dark Chocolate
Who said healthy had to taste yucky? It doesn't get any better than dark chocolate, right? This delicious treat can reduce the blood pressure of relatively healthy individuals. It only takes 1/4 of an ounce to do it. Dark chocolate is high in flavonoids—53.5 milligrams. Milk chocolate, however, has only 14. The cocoa powder in dark chocolate also has antioxidants. These help to reduce your "bad" cholesterol and increase the "good" cholesterol.

Walnuts
You probably know that nuts contain omega-3 fatty acids. You may not know, however, that walnuts contain more than any other nut. This makes it the best nut for reducing your cholesterol. These omega-3s also other health benefits as well. They've been known to fight cancer, lighten your mood, and even protect your body from sun damage. In addition to omega 3s, walnuts have the antioxidant melatonin. Eating walnuts in the evening may help you better regulate your sleep.

Salmon
Heart disease and cancer are probably the two diseases people all over the world worry about the most. You can reduce your risk of both of these diseases as well as reduce the risk of depression by eating salmon. It is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. Another disease many worry about is Alzheimer's. Simply eating one three-ounce serving can give you close to half of your body's daily niacin requirement. This helps protect your body against memory loss and Alzheimer's. If you want even greater benefits from salmon, choose wild salmon instead of farm-raised. The farm-raised will give you over 15 times as much toxic polychlorinated biphenyl.

Garlic
This is something small that has a large benefit. It’s a powerful disease fighter. It helps prevent bacteria growth—even E. coli. It contains the compound allicin. The allicin is a very strong anti-inflammatory. It is also good to help reduce both blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Eating fresh garlic that is crushed will give you the greatest benefit from the allicin. If you cook the garlic, be sure not to overcook it as overcooking can cause it to lose vital nutrients.

Eating healthy is more than a diet—it’s a lifestyle change! Choosing the right foods is important. Don't just eat something because the label indicates it's "healthy".
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