Hey! There was an interesting article in Huffington Post yesterday and here are the important parts of the story.
According to a recent report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which looked at “powerhouse” fruits and vegetables that reduced the risk of chronic disease, kale was ranked #15 and cauliflower was #24.
Each fruit and vegetable was ranked based on foods that provided, on average, more than 10 per cent of 17 key nutrients per 100 calories. Researchers looked at levels of potassium, fibre, protein, calcium, iron, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, zinc, and vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E, and K. In total, 47 foods were ranked, with 41 making the list. Raspberry, tangerine, cranberry, garlic, onion, and blueberry didn’t make the cut.
- Chinese Lettuce
- Beet Green
- Spinach Yeah
- Leaf Lettuce
- Parsley Should I be sitting down to a bowl of parsley for lunch?
- Romaine Lettuce Yeah
- Collard Greens
- Turnip Greens Probably Yuck, nothing good ever came from a turnip
- Mustard Greens Yuck
- Dandelion Greens Yuck
- Red Pepper Yuck (Note: They hate me too and make me suffer if I eat them by accident)
- Broccoli Yeah
- Pumpkin All the ways I know to eat pumpkin involve sugar and spice
- Brussels Sprouts
- Cabbage Yuck
- Carrot Yuck
- Iceberg Lettuce Yeah
- Strawberry Yeah
- Winter Squash Yuck
- Pink Grapefruit
- Turnip Yuck
- Blackberry Yeah
- Sweet Potato Yuck
- White Grapefruit
I always thought kale was better that any lettuce and that iceberg lettuce was just filler and not very nutritious. I can’t believe lemon beat out strawberry as the most nutritious fruit. I’m not happy carrots are so far up the list. I have been really trying to sell the idea that they are basically orange coloured white potatoes so I don’t have to eat any ever!
Just how far down the list is blueberry? Mind blown!!!
Oh! Wait a minute blueberries are not going down without a fight. I’m seeing some chit-chat online about phytonutrients being ignored and demands for blueberries to be elevated up the list. Yeah! GO BLUEBERRIES!