Top 10 Healthy Foods You Must Eat

 hello health champions today we're going to talk about the top 10 healthiest foods to eat coming right up hey I'm dr. Ekberg I'm a holistic doctor and a former Olympic decathlete and if you want to truly master health by understanding how the body really works make sure you subscribe and hit that notification bell so you don't miss anything and make sure that you watch all the way through the video because I'm not just gonna list various different foods I'm gonna talk about why these foods are good for you and then at the end we're gonna have a little bonus for you because we all need a little treat in life at first I was gonna try to list the top ten healthiest foods but then I thought that's kind of misleading because it leaves out so many other foods and it also tends to give us the wrong idea about what a food is supposed to do so often I see examples of superfoods people say this is the food that you should eat or they'll say something like what's the number-one healthiest food for us to eat

and then people want to find out what that is and they want to eat nothing but that and that gives us the wrong idea of food it gives us the idea that the food is supposed to do something I often get the question so I have a headache what food am I supposed to eat I have high blood pressure what food am I supposed to eat you're supposed to eat a variety of food the foods aren't supposed to do anything in terms of treating or changing or altering body function they're just supposed to provide the stuff that your body needs all right so we want to get away from the idea of superfoods okay

I think there's some foods that get pretty close like there's just so jam-packed of good stuff there's just nothing bad to say about them but we don't want to think about them as treating anything we want to get away from the number one healthiest food we want to understand that it's the variety that complements each other and gives the body all the different building blocks and all the different catalysts and vitamins and minerals that it's gonna need another thing I want to caution on is natural foods just because something is in the section called natural food doesn't mean it's necessarily a health food they're often made with better ingredients they don't use as many chemicals but very often there's still highly processed so just be aware of that and every time I see that section in a grocery store that's called natural food I can't help but laugh because I ask myself if there is a section called natural foods why don't they label the rest of the store unnatural foods just a thought so because there's so many healthy foods I didn't want to just talk about single items I'm going to talk about categories and the first category of healthy food I believe are non starchy vegetables all right so again I'm not listing these in any particular order because it's the variety that provides the nutrition so non starchy vegetables include leafy greens so lettuce and spinach and kale and any sort of leaf is going to be very very high in nutrients in minerals and vitamins in fiber, and it's going to be very low in carbohydrates and starch and sugar so pretty much any leafy green just eat as much as you can then there are things like broccoli and cauliflower and Brussels sprouts and these aren't leafy but there's still low starch so those are also things that you can eat so learn as you go which vegetables have less than 5% carbs 5% net carbs so you take the total carbs you subtract the fiber because some things have like 15 grams of carbs but it's almost all fiber then those are still perfectly fine alright so learn which ones have less than 5% net ARBs and those you can eat plenty of and these vegetables provide enormous amounts of nutrients such as vitamins and minerals primarily number two berries alright there is a lot of talk about fruits and berries and vegetables so here's my little caveat here I think that you can eat some berries but I don't think that more is better and I think that berries are the best type of fruit to eat because most fruit has been altered our ancestors might have had some access to fruit but their fruit was small and tart and it was seasonal alright

so humans have never had access to sweet juicy fruit large fruit 365 days a year that we do now and therefore that provides a lot of sugar even though it does have a lot of nutrients it does provide more sugar than humans should probably have in the long run so eat some berries eat a little bit of fruit but eat it sparingly and don't think that you have to have it all the time now berries are the best because they are the lowest in sugar they are the highest in fiber and their jam-packed with vitamins the best berries are strawberries raspberries blackberries and blueberries

right they're the lowest in sugar and the highest in nutrients category number three are meat animal proteins all right they provide a full spectrum of essential amino acids they are one of the few food groups that humans could live on for a very long time and survive alright most other things that we would eat exclusively for a short time we would perish we would get some sort of deficiency or we just wouldn't get enough fuel or nutrients to survive but animal proteins especially the fat kinds provide enough nutrients that we could live for years I'm not saying that's optimal even though some carnivores are doing really well on that so that would include beef pork chicken lamb and any form of wild animals so rabbit and venison and Buffalo etc and then of course fish so salmon sardines mackerel the clean fatty fish that provide tons and tons of the good omega-3s are the best ones to choose now the thing to remember here is that when you eat an animal then you're only getting food that is as healthy as what that animal ate and if that animal ate a diet that was innate for that species all right so I would do my very best to avoid beef that has been fed to grain because that's very unnatural for a cow to eat grain they do that because it makes the meat more tender it makes the meat fatty and it makes the cow grow it's getting getting a growth spurt they're getting like double the meat out of the cow is to feed it grain for a few months right so they do that for money and for tenderness and for all the wrong reasons but a cow is supposed to eat grass and only grass and if it does it's a healthy cow the omega-3 to omega-6 ratio is going to be in a good balance if you feed it grain now you're messing with nature and you throw that off so if you think that grass-fed is too expensive then do the best you can so you start with one thing and then as you learn and maybe as you develop some habits that will save you money then you can work your way up all right

but do the best you can and eat food that has been raised in a natural way so for fish you want to absolutely do wild-caught only because the farm-raised it's just like the cows they feed them things they're not supposed to eat and then they're not very healthy when we mess with nature when we try to change the rules it never ends up in a good way number 4 eggs so there's all sorts of healthy eggs if they come from healthy animals there's duck eggs and ostrich eggs and so forth but for practical purposes most people are going to talk about eggs from hens or chickens and now what you're looking for again is the higher quality the if the animal if the hen lived a natural healthy life then it's gonna make natural healthy eggs if we feed the hen garbage and hormones and food pellets and we keep it inside and we crowd them and we stress them then the eggs are going to be pale and devoid of nutrients if not toxic so what we're looking for is a standard called pasture raised in the United States that's a new standard and it means that even in in commercial production there's a way of making healthy eggs and it means every chicken lives basically outdoors and they have at least a hundred and eight square feet per animal per chicken so that gives them a lot of space they run around outside they eat bugs they eat grass they eat seeds and sometimes they supplement a little bit with various grains but that's not a terrible thing for a chicken but the main thing is that they have to run around and they have to have a choice of what to eat and they can't be crowded when you look at those eggs you crack them open then the yolk is a deep orange right the mass-produced cheap eggs from sick chickens is a pale yellow you can almost not tell that it's yellow that's how pale they are sometimes whereas the pasture race is a deep orange and what you can also tell oftentimes is that the yolk will be larger even in like a medium egg it seems like the yolk is really now someone brought to my attention I didn't even know this, but I have looked and I've seen these in stores that what you want is pasture-raised not pasteurized all right pasteurized just means that they take the cheap eggs from sick chickens and they steam them right they sterilize them with steam or something

so they they pasteurize them all right that's not what you're looking for category number five is fats and oils a fat has been demonized because they don't understand that the fat on the body does not come from the fat that we eat the fat on the body is stored by a hormone called insulin that is a result of fructose and sucrose and starches and processed foods but if you eat a diet that doesn't promote insulin then fat is perfectly fine and they rule the key for the fats and oils is that they need to be in a natural state in a relatively natural state so it's great if you get the fat in the food itself

but it's totally okay to eat fats and oils like refined isolated fats and oils as long as they're done in the right way meaning minimally processed not heated so things like grass-fed butter is excellent organic grass-fed butter is a great food I go through a lot of that organic extra virgin olive oil organic coconut oil and recently you can find more and more frequent and affordable MCT oil medium medium chain triglycerides and then some other fats that people don't understand are actually pretty good are lard and tallow meaning pork fat and beef fat again if it comes from a healthy animal then they're perfectly fine so if I make some beef broth some bone broth from healthy grass-fed organic animals if you make a big pot you might get four or five pounds of tallow left over so you can skim that off you can save it and use for cooking and if you know where it comes from then it's a healthy fat and something to keep in mind about these concentrated fats is that most pesticides most toxins most hormones are fat soluble that means that if you concentrate the fat into these products you're also going to concentrate the toxins that's why fats it's worth spending a few extra dollars on getting the organic and the clean stuff because if you don't then you're buying a product that has concentrated the toxins along with it category number six are nuts and they can be an incredibly healthy food right you don't want to overdo it because they do contain some Omega 6s you don't want to make it like the main part you won't want to make it a foundation of your diet but mixed in as part of all the other stuff it's a very very healthy food and you want to focus on the nuts that meet three criteria the ones that taste good raw because raw maintains keeps more nutrients alive once you roast them or process them then they lose nutrients and you can alter some of the fats in there you also want something that is low in carbohydrates and you want something that's high in fat because the highest one in fat means they have the lowest amount of carbohydrate and in that order we have macadamia nuts and pecans and walnuts and almonds so these meet all of those criteria that I talked about walnuts and almonds are a little bit higher in carbohydrate,

but you're not going to eat a ton of these nuts because they're so dense that you're typically going to be okay even on a low carb or a ketogenic diet another great thing about nuts is that they're also very high in fiber and they're very high in protein so you're getting a lot of nutrients all packed into a little bit of food category number seven is seeds and they're often kind of lumped together with the nuts but I like to put them separate because they are quite different and you don't really use them the same way a lot of the times and especially not the ones that I emphasize so my favorite seeds are chia flax hemp and pumpkin and while the nuts are things that you can often bring in a snack bag and you just take a few and it you can crunch on them and it tastes good you're probably not gonna be munching on flax seed and chia seed they sort of just sit there in your mouth and you got to chew forever and they don't taste bad but it's not the way that you typically eat those

but they're great for low heat cooking you can make sort of like an oatmeal with them you can bake bread with them as long as you keep the heat down they're great for smoothies and if you eat something like yogurt then instead of cereal you can just grind up some of this and put on the yogurt instead of cereal and what seeds have speaking for them is that they're usually very very inexpensive especially recently as they become more popular you can find in the United States you can find these at Costco and it's like they're just giving them away almost and they're extremely high in healthy fats in fiber and in protein it's like they just packed those things in there and there's virtually zero carbohydrate in there even though the total carbs can look high it's almost all fiber so the net carbs are very very low they're like three four percent and you don't want to rely on plant food for Omega threes exclusively but they can be a good foundation and Chia and flax have the highest level of omega-3 fatty acids in of any plant

but you still want to get some omega-3s from fish because the Chia and flax omega-3s they're just the precursor and the conversion doesn't happen the way it's supposed to and it doesn't happen in a very large degree to a very large percentage some people say you can eat these omega-3s and make fish oil but it doesn't work like that a lot of people convert as little as 1% of the omega-3s implants into the actual omega-3 that we get from fish number eight is avocado and I think that's not necessarily a superfood because like I said I don't want to think of foods that way but I think it's so great in so many ways that I made it its own category all right it is great tasting it's creamy it's high in natural fats you can eat it raw you can just open it up and spoon it or you can cook with it you can put it in dishes you can make guacamole from it and it is so satisfying that it becomes almost a meal in itself it goes with anything like who can argue with avocado another thing I recently talked about the fasting mimicking diet and avocado would be the perfect food there because it's high in fat and it's very low in carbohydrate and it's very low in protein so it's like it's really the perfect food don't think of it as a superfood just think of it as a great staple that fits with everything category number nine is something called tubers or root vegetables they grow underground and they're usually pretty starchy they serve as an energy reserve for the plant and examples would be yam or sweet potato potatoes rutabagas turnips carrots and something called celery a core celery root now these are very starchy so some people want to avoid them if you are trying lose weight if you're on a very low carb diet if you're doing keto or if you're insulin-resistant then you do not want to eat these hardly at all but if your insulin sensitive you reach your goal weight or if you're doing some some carb cycling maybe you're doing keto during the week and then you're loading up a little bit more on carbs during the weekend then these are the perfect foods to get some quality food with some carbs without getting into grains and things that cause inflammation they are however very starchy so you don't want to eat too much of them but they're great you can use them instead of potatoes for mashed potatoes or you can use several of them to mix them up a little bit to get some more variety and a deeper flavor they're also great to chop up in little cubes if you're doing a vegetable soup or a beef soup or something like that category number 10 is herbs and spices so things like garlic and ginger and turmeric cinnamon cloves cardamom cilantro parsley dill rosemary all of these are highly highly nutritious all right

they provide micronutrients you're not gonna get many macronutrients you're not gonna get any protein or fat or carbs to speak of but you're gonna get lots of minerals you're gonna get lots of vitamins and you're gonna get some things with medicinal properties but on a natural level so I don't want to think of them as medication right there are supplements you can use herbs and and these do have some tremendous benefits but again think of them mostly as things that make food taste wonderful all right but garlic ginger turmeric they do have antibacterial antifungal antiviral properties the turmeric is anti-inflammatory it helps with gut healing so and cinnamon has been shown to have some benefits one blood sugar so there are some tremendous benefits to these just don't get go crazy and start using them as drugs don't think of them as taking something for something just incorporate them frequently in a healthy diet all right here's a little bonus for you and it's something that isn't necessarily like a food but we have to have some treats in life I think that makes life a little sweeter but we want to understand what we're getting so chocolate is something that gets people really excited and a lot of people they say oh I'll give up anything but I'm not gonna give up chocolate

but there's a big difference between milk chocolate and dark chocolates so when people talk about the benefits of chocolate they say oh well dark chocolate has all these benefits the reason is that cocoa has nutrients all right the cocoa bean is a plant with some nutrients that can be very beneficial but milk chocolate has a lot of sugar that ruins and more than ruins the benefits so the darker the chocolate is the less sugar it has and the way you can sort of get a rough idea is that if you're getting a 78% cocoa content in the chocolate then the rest is sugar so you just whatever isn't cocoa is sugar if it's got 85% cocoa it's 15% sugar right so chocolate is pretty high in carbohydrate but most of that carbohydrate is fiber so you can subtract it so I like chocolate that's somewhere between 78 and 85 sometimes I think that 78 is the only good one and other times I think oh the 78 is too sweet and I prefer the 85 but the darker it is the more satisfying it is the less you feel the need to overeat and with a piece of 78 percent chocolate so if you have something like a lint bar that one has eight pieces in a bar so if you have one piece that's 1/8 of a bar that gives you about 1.5 grams of sugar all right so if you're trying to keep absolute zero on the sugar then don't eat chocolate but if you have one or maybe two pieces you're not adding a tremendous amount and if you get up to 85% you're getting about one gram of sugar per piece a lot of my patients will tell me that you know I can tolerate some dark chocolate but I can't get higher than 50% cocoa content everything else is just too bitter well don't fear you can change that all right it's gonna take a little bit of time but the more you cut out the sweets and the sugar out of your diet the more your taste buds change right most of our tastes are learned and the more you get away from sugar the more you're gonna find a lot of things that you thought were normally sweet they're disgustingly sweet and as you work your way up as you get more adapted to real food and you cut out the sugar you're gonna start appreciating the flavor of all these things you're gonna learn what they actually taste like and then you're not gonna have a problem with very dark chocolates so 75 78 85 even 90% chocolate is going to be very flavorful and not all that bitter and if you don't like chocolate then don't worry you don't have to learn it's not something that you have to have it's not a basic food group stick with the other ten that we talked about and you'll be fine if you enjoyed th

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