24 Healthiest Foods on Earth

Healthiest foods on earth

Some foods pack more nutritional punch than others, and these 24 offer the most health benefits pound for pound of all food on the planet. They not only show up on our massive list of Superfoods, but they also make it onto plenty of top 1o lists across the internet, and several have long been known to provide plenty of nutrients and and goodies for the body. There are a few that you might not be familiar with, so consider this an introduction, and then you can get to know them better in the future…

Spinach

1. Spinach

Much has been written about the virtues of spinach, and rightly so. It’s one of the most nutrient-dense foods you can eat. It’s also readily available at most local supermarkets, and reasonably priced. You can get it fresh in the produce section, or you can buy it frozen in leaf form, and also canned in the canned veggies aisle. The main concern is getting more of it into your system so you can reap all of the positive benefits.

Benefits

Right away spinach is going to go to work for you, providing you with energy, and helping you to fill your stomach without adding a lot of calories to your daily intake. When you factor in the phytonutrients working as antioxidants you’re doing yourself a huge favor with the battle against free radical damage. Not to mention you’re helping to nourish your body on a cellular level, providing increased energy, and it aids any weight loss efforts.

Nutritional Breakdown per Cup – Raw, think fresh leafy greens

Vitamin A – 2813 IU – over half of what you need daily.
Vitamin K – 145mcg – almost twice as much as needed daily.
Folate – 58.2mcg – a good chunk of your daily requirement.

goji berries

2. Goji Berries

Many people are just finding out how good goji berries are for your overall feeling of well-being. You’ll want to find dried goji berries, and not simply rely on a juice or other product claiming to contain goji berries in it. They make a great snack to hold you over between meals, and when compared to drinking phony energy drinks, you can get actual energy from these, and also be introducing plenty of antioxidants into your system.

Benefits

Your immune system gets a dose of support when you eat a serving of goji berries, and you’ll also be helping yourself beat the onslaught of free radicals that occur as a result of a stressful environment and processed foods that don’t offer nutritional support to the body. The benefit that most of us would be interested in is the ability of goji berries to help us fight fatigue. It’s no wonder that our modern lifestyles have us burning the candle at both ends, and by eating a food like these berries you’ll be increasing the amount of time it takes you to wear out.

Nutritional Breakdown per Ounce – Dried, the most commonly found version.

Vitamin A – 170% of your daily value.
Vitamin C – 20% not quite as good as an orange, but still good.
Protein – 4g – a surprising amount of protein for a fruit.

Salmon

3. Salmon

What makes this fish so special that it stands apart from all the others? It’s the omega-3 content that does it, and of course it has the benefit that most fish has of being high in protein. Many also prefer the delicate, not-so-fishy flavor of salmon to other fish. You’ll want to stick to Alaskan wild salmon to get the full amount of benefits, and make sure that you’re not eating smoked salmon as it does not have the same nutritional benefits as freshly caught and cooked.

Benefits

For those of you that are strength training, salmon will provide support to your muscle tissue with the protein it contains. The reason the omega-3s are so important is that they provide vital support to your heart and circulatory system. You’ll also receive tertiary benefits in the form of increased memory function and a decrease in the likelihood of degenerative diseases like Alzheimers. It also helps to make your skin and hair look their best.

Nutritional Breakdown per 100g – wild Alaskan, seek this out specifically.

Vitamin A – 9% of your daily needs.
Vitamin B1 – 13% of what you need each day, helps with heart health.
Protein – 20g – making this a fantastic protein source for those lifting weights.
Niacin – 42% of your daily needs, helps to keep your skin and hair tip-top.

Avocado

4. Avocado

If you’re not already a fan of avocado, you should try adding more of it into your life. It tends to be one of the more expensive items in the produce section, especially if you go the organic route. It can also be a little tricky to pick the right ones and then consume them before they go bad. But you don’t have to eat them everyday in order to benefit from them. Adding one or two a week to your diet would be a great start, and would keep costs down.

Benefits

One of the most referenced benefits of avocado is their amounts of healthy monounsaturated fat. It’s interesting that this is a high-fat fruit, as most of them are very low fat or fat free. These fats actually help you to lose fat, if that’s what you’re trying to do. They also help you to feel fuller longer, and are not the same sort of fats found in a cheeseburger. The carotenoid levels help with eye health, and avocados in general will help stabilize your blood glucose levels so you don’t hit dangerous peaks and valleys.

Nutritional Breakdown per 100g – Raw

Monounsaturated fat – 10g – This means roughly 10% of the avocado is healthy fat!
Vitamin B6 – 16% of what you need daily for proper metabolism.
Folate – 22% of your daily requirement, for heart disease prevention.

quinoa

5. Quinoa

Known by vegetarians for several years now, quinoa has been catching on more in the mainstream as a tasty and filling way to complement a meal, or be the foundation of a meal. Even those that follow a no wheat diet can turn to quinoa, although it doesn’t quite appeal to those that have written off grains altogether. If you’re not familiar with how to cook it you can get up to speed quickly, and it’s now readily available at most supermarkets, where once it was a bit rare.

P.S. Take a look at the 5 veggies that boost female metabolism and burn off lower belly fat.

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97 Comments

  1. Penelope Megquier says:

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  2. Doug Epps says:

    Thank you for mentioning that Wild Caught Alaskan Salmon is best. However, It would be better if you actually had a picture of it. That picture you have is a piece of farm raised Atlantic Salmon!

    • Marvin L. Zinn says:

      I am glad you observed how the fish was raised. I particularly avoid anything from China because it is the lowest quality and most pollution. I also avoid tuna because most is from the Atlantic ocean with too much mercury.

      • Couldn’t agree more. Not only from China, any sea fish that comes from Southern Asia has a different taste that makes me sick. Even shrimps have that taste. I can’t quite describe it, but something very unpleasant. Great article by the way. How about garlic, how about olives?

    • Antony says:

      Well said Doug. I also caught that with the photo. Farmed salmon is orange, while wild-caught Alaskan is a nice red.

  3. Jonas Larsson says:

    The list is so comprehensive,thank you!

  4. Robin says:

    Mostly my favorite foods anyway !

    • Marvin L. Zinn says:

      Isn’t it nice to want good food instead of junk most people are addicted to – like sugar?

  5. Lunacsue says:

    Great article. Just wanted to note that grapefruit is contraindicated for a good deal of medications. It acts by blocking absorption of the meds and could be dangerous if the meds are for life/death health considerations such as my father took for his heart. Please ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are on any medications that might be affected by grapefruit before you start to eat them, In the meantime, eat lots of oranges.

  6. Vivienne says:

    Some great information here – thanks! I’ve just been getting into fermented foods, and this is another way to get the health benefits of cabbage (sauerkraut) even out of season. And… it’s really easy to make!

  7. Erika says:

    Thank you! What an awesome list!

  8. Damien Thomas says:

    Interesting choice of foods, there are of course many more foods which equal the list here in potency (Red, pinto or kidney beans, other berries etc) maybe you could include links to recipes/preparation tips for the list here. The way food is prepared can dramatically alter its vitamin /antioxidant levels and even increase or decrease the amount that can be the absorbed by our bodies. BTW there is defiantly no such thing as a “negative energy food” (a food you eat that takes more calories to digest than the food provides) Not even celery. re food # 14 Cantaloupe (we know them rock melon from where I come from. They go great with ice-cream, low-fat of course!)
    cheers

  9. Glen says:

    You forgot the healthiest foods of all, organ meats, egg yolks, grass fed butter and bone broth!

    • Phyllis Poole says:

      Bone broth!! I have been asking the farmers who provide my beef to leave in the bone. The marrow is healthy and gives all meat a much better flavor. AND I pay for it on the hanging weight.
      I believe they can sell it separately to make bone meal which is used in gardens. MONEY MONEY!! and we are duped thinking we save money not buying the bone.

      • Anne Hickey says:

        How true. My mother swore by beef tea and chicken broth for all ailments (and none). I still go to these superfoods on a regular basis. Your butcher should be able to provide beef/marrow bones if not in supermarkets. Great for sick children too.

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    • lazyskins says:

      lol riiiiight..

    • George says:

      As an agricultural scientist i have to point out that almost the only superfood is the egg !!

  10. Nenette West says:

    These are great but with the exception of tomatoes and black beans, all these super foods are so bad for you if you suffer from GOUT. All these foods are high in purine and eating it will make your gout flare out and it is very painful!

    • Antony says:

      That is untrue. They are certainly implicated for gout by the medical establishment, but sugar is more likely the main culprit there.

      • Kare says:

        I agree with Antony. ..regarding gout! My husband has had chronic gout for 30 years, and although flare ups are individual, if he stays away from pop and crap like fast and packaged food, he is ok. NO farmed salmon! Period, and watch the protein…all veggies and fruits are grwat…organic preferably

  11. Kate says:

    Love this and was very excited that most of this list is currently in my garden! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Rose says:

    Forgot blueberries, which are on every list of healthy food I have ever seen on the internet until now. There is something about a food that the darker the color, the more nourishing it is.

  13. Lisa Pruitt says:

    How inspiring this place is. Thanks for this list. I want to hang it on my refrigerator.

  14. Mary says:

    I would like to add another big one to the list, which I don’t think a lot of people know about. The antioxidants are super high. It is the aronia berry. Check it out on the USDA website. Super healthy!!

  15. I would like to ask if drinking tomato jus is just as beneficial as eating fresh tomatoes ?

    • Derek Gillaspy says:

      Juice is never as healthy. Fruit has a cover on it for a reason. That cover or skin is the fiber. Most juices have little fiber, but LOTS of sugar. It takes something like 8-10 oranges to make a glass of orange juice, but you don’t get 8-10 oranges worth of fiber (imagine trying to actually eat 8 oranges – could you?

      Forever images specifically, sodium is usually the culprit.

      Eat fruit the way it is naturally. Mix with smoothies. Stay away from juice.

      • Marvin L. Zinn says:

        But often the real fruit I can obtain is not available fresh and organic except for the juice. I always buy Lakewood brand that is organic (some of theirs is not) and not from concentrate. That is the closest to the actual fruit pulp I can find.

  16. Artur says:

    Except the salmon, this list is good!
    There are many others sources of vitamin A, omega 3, proteins to substitute salmon or any other animal source food!
    Magoes are one example!
    I’m vegan and if depends of me, I cut off salmon from this list!

  17. Love most of these foods! I try to eat them raw and organic as often as possible. I love throwing raw beets into a smoothy. Quinoa, sweet potato and black beans probably wouldn’t be on my list, and I’d probably add raw cacao beans/pods and blueberries. Thanks for the post!

  18. Touria Khannous says:

    What about the fruits? BLUEBERRIES, apples, apricots, etc.

  19. salwa says:

    amazing list .Great lessons of health and life joy .Thank you for this dear gift of advices.

  20. Sara Chukoian @Green Global Travel says:

    Such an informative post. What a great list. I have been wanting to get on a healthy track so I will putting this list to good use. Great list, thank you for sharing!

  21. James says:

    Great list… Glad I eat a majority of these items.

  22. Ovil says:

    What a great list. I have been wanting to get on a healthy track so I will be putting this list to good use.thank you for sharing!

  23. Frank says:

    I have recently read that WATERCRESS is very good to eat. On a scale of 1 to 100, it was the only item that scored 100, while kale (which IS good and is touted as a superfood) scored around a 57 on the same scale.

  24. Bill says:

    I have actually never had an artichoke. I have had beets a few times but have you ever tried to juice them? Wow that is some Purple color that comes out. Frank, Kale is great for some Vitamons but not for others. I am thinking I will have to increase my intake of Watercress though

  25. Dawn Bradrord says:

    What a wonderful collection of super foods and all there benefits! We will share with our Breast Cancer community!

  26. Judi says:

    I already eat most, well all of these foods, salmon of course, is limited because of the cost. Kale is awesome in chips. I make mine with lemon pepper. Really good! GREAT TO KNOW THATI AM ALREADY EATING QUITE HEALTHY !!

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  28. JM says:

    Seriously cool article!! Thank you!

  29. Emmeline Le Meilleur says:

    What about pomegranate ???? They have been listed as one of the super foods in many health articles. They are great especially for heart health amongst other things.

  30. Kylie says:

    Okay some of this is true but Lemon should be somewhere in there though just a though!

  31. Online Grocery Shopping says:

    I found this today on Stumble Uopn..Great list…It is very useful to all

  32. Brent says:

    What about Garlic? Most Mediterranean countries swear by it?

  33. Gregg says:

    Sunflower seeds as well as the flat green seeds should be on the list as well. Awesome for vitamin A and occular health.

  34. Sachin says:

    Guava is second next when it comes to vitamin C and way ahead of tomatoes in lycopene, Its a complete fruit .

  35. timhardy says:

    Yeah i agree guava comes second when we talk of vitamin c. i liked this post thanks

  36. Jan Yttereng says:

    Nettle is actually considered healthier than Spinach.

    5 times more Vitamin C and Iron and Spinach have Oxalic acid, so the Iron may not be absorbed. Nettle have 6 times more Calcium, twice as much Zinc, fiber and Protein and 3 times more of Phosphorus.

  37. Marvin L. Zinn says:

    Yes, all this food is healthy. I cannot remember the ingredients of everything I eat, but it is easy to just have a balance of nutrients and be sure it is as close as I can find to how God created it, i.e. organic.

    It is also important that we do not all need the same food. I do a lot of experiments. Use two herbs (graviola and turmeric) that stopped the prostate cancer after I refused surgery and radiation. But excess sugar or any dairy products would not allow the herbs to function.

  38. Antony says:

    I’m a bit disappointed you said not to put butter on your broccoli. Grass-fed butter is a HUGE super food and helps your brain to turn back on if you’ve been lacking healthy saturated fats for too long.

    • Anne Hickey says:

      Agree. Throw away your spreads and low fat this and that. Nothing like a good knob of real butter on the spuds and veggies.

  39. Antony says:

    One more thing. If we’re talking vitamin and fiber content, then pound for pound, vegetables pack WAY more punch than fruits, including vitamin C, and with much less fructose (sugar).

  40. arta says:

    Just take the salmon out…it’s not good for you in any way. Full of unnecessary chemicals and additives.

  41. Darija says:

    Amazing list of healthy food and their benefits. Great post. I love this because for every fruit have described healthy benefits. Thank You.

  42. Cassi says:

    i have incorporated most of these already in my diet, but thank you for showing me even more superfoods and explaining why they deserve to be called that 🙂

  43. Manpreet says:

    Though some of the foods mentioned aren’t easily available in India, but still your post is going to give me a lot of inspiration and help to eat healthy.
    Almonds and watermelon are my favorites. Watermelon is a good fruit to beat the heat. In fact, during summer, watermelon is something my family has like almost everyday.

  44. Lisa says:

    I try to incorporate these food items as much as I can in my diet still didn’t know about some you fruits you mentioned in here, Thanks

  45. Vincent says:

    I LOVE avocados and eat them at least 4 times a week for breakfast, together with scrambled eggs and wholemeal toast – that makes one very filling breakfast and keeps me going for hours. A great resource for finding other healthy foods which have not been mentioned in this article is this: http://goo.gl/F6xZGo, a nifty food finder tool that lets you sort and filter foods based on various criteria such as number of calories or vegetables only

  46. Travis says:

    Hemp seeds should be on this list. It’s an excellent source of protein as it is a complete protein and easily digestible with no phytic acid. It has the perfect ratio of Omega 3 and six and low in sat fat, good amount of fiber and can be turned into milk

  47. Sehat says:

    One more thing. If we’re talking vitamin and fiber content, then pound for pound, vegetables pack WAY more punch than fruits, including vitamin C, and with much less fructose (sugar).

  48. Travis says:

    Don’t forget that many of the foods may have their negative sides as well. The grains, and nuts listed on here are high in phytic acid which is an anti nutrient that binds with minerals like calcium, magnesium and zinc causing osteoporosis over time if consumed regularly for a long period of time. Salmon can have high levels of mercury. Spinach is high in oxalates which binds to calcium and can cause osteoporosis as well. Black beans can cause high levels of estrogen.

    My favorites are oysters, goji berries, coconut milk, hemp seeds, avocados, kale, chestnuts, tomatoes, and bandannas.

  49. Yog Kumar says:

    The above article is all about loosing fat, but you have not mentioned even a point to increase fat.

  50. Marcos says:

    Where’s the hemp? Pretty sure that belongs at least in like the top ten.

  51. Joanna says:

    Thank you for your concluding about healthy vegetables. Hope it is fit with the reality,and waiting for you next conclusion. thanks.

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  54. Dallas says:

    You should mention in the foods that offer protein whether or not they are complete or incomplete sources of protein. Some people may not know the difference of a source of protein i.e. Most plant based proteins only containing a certain amount of the essential amino acids necessary to survive.

  55. Lana says:

    I really really like your blog! It is so current and informative! Thank you for sharing your information, it’s really helpful. 🙂

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  57. sophie says:

    Great list. What about green tea it has helped me with easing my blood flow during menstruation which is very heavy coz l have very big fibroids and no pain now. l mix it with lemon so it does not flush out calcium and l make sure l stay for two hours before taking any animal protein. Another thing learn to take traditional vegetables in plenty and different types and mind how you cook to uphold the nutrients. Another thing not to ignore vitamin B 2, 3, 6, 9, 12. Lots of different types of fruits in your diet.

  58. sophie says:

    I forgot to mention that always know about the side effects especially of green tea and drug interaction. consult your physician.

  59. Dilatasyon says:

    Where’s the hemp? Pretty sure that belongs at least in like the top ten.

  60. George Holiday says:

    Bok Choy also seems to be missing from the list.

  61. Laura says:

    Awesome info here! I am currently fighting thyroid cancer natually, always looking for more I can add to my diet, also. I have a blog where I am sharing my progress if anyone is interested! 🙂

  62. Marcia says:

    I’m really surprised that blueberries aren’t on the list.

  63. Halide says:

    I like this list very much! But you better add olives to that great list, I guess.

  64. Debra says:

    What a surprise that green vegetables take up 7 spaces on this list! haha

  65. stacy says:

    awesome article !!!

  66. John says:

    Please let us know the secret to what we’ll want to make sure to do with kelp once we decide to add it to our diet. WE DEMAND ANSWER’S IT’S BEEN 3 YEARS.

  67. Brad says:

    Its pretty crazy that you’re putting Salmon in the #3 spot… The top reason you stress Salmon is due to its Omega-3 content, but there are tons of foods that have a much higher Omega-3 count. For example, Salmon contains 1.1 – 1.9 grams of Omega-3s in a 3 ounce serving, but Walnuts contain 7.5 grams in a 3 ounce serving.

    Walnuts also contain almost as much protein as Salmon does, and this is the second reason that you put Salmon towards the top of the list.

    Then you go on to talk about its flavor??? Is this a list of healthy foods, or great tasting foods? Assuming its the latter, then Walnuts should still come above Salmon on this list, because I doubt too many people go fishing, then eat a raw Salmon on the spot… The things that make it taste good are the oil that its cooked in and the spices added to it (usually salt). If you were to combine the nutrition information for the Salmon along with the oil and salt that its cooked with, then it doesn’t belong anywhere near a “healthy foods” list. Walnuts on the other hand can (and typically are) eaten raw, without any added unhealthy condiments.

  68. Brian says:

    This is a good list, but others have already alluded to some variations in farming or raising of each as well as potential side effects with medications. Additionally, most almonds in the US are now irradiated which greatly reduces the nutrient content. One glaring omission in this list is Moringa Oleifera. In 2008 the NIH described this as the most nutrient dense plant and able to halt, mitigate and reverse over 300 diseases, yet so few people know of this plant. There have been over 500 peer-reviewed medical articles on this plant! It is grown within 10 degrees of the equator and and has all 20 of the amino acids, omega 3,6, and 9 in appropriate ratios, 46 antioxidants, 36 antiinflammatories and the vitamin content dwarfs other plants know for certain nutrients (e.g. gram for gram 7x more vitamin C than oranges). There is great variation in nutrient density by species and location of growth (as with any plant). The most nutrient dense varietal of the 58 grows in the desserts of Chennai, India which has an annual rainfall of less than 2″ per year and the average temperature is above 100 degrees F, yet this tree grows several feet a year. Not all Moringa is the same. Thanks for helping to spread the word on natural health and not our traditional dependency on synthetic medications that treat symptoms and not feed the body so the body can repair and heal.

  69. Dani says:

    I have never heard of Goji berries. I’m not close to a health food store, where else might I be able to find them?

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  71. vedang says:

    There is no Gooseberry, lemon on this list. these two should be in top 10

  72. Spinach and salmon are some of my favorite foods! I prefer salmon grilled with asparagus on the side. With spinach, I add a little butter to it and yum! I could eat the whole can.

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