I don't know about you, but I'm getting a little tired of reading articles that tell us (more like shout at us) a list of foods that we must eat. "Top Ten Superfoods for Health!" or "Twelve Foods You Simply Must Be Eating!" And nevermind that all of the lists are different -- sure, a few favorites like blueberries and tomatoes seem to make it on to every list -- but recently I stumbled across one that included kale and watercress. Kale? Really? I'm not at all opposed to this leafy green vegetable but I can't ever recall a time when it was a "must have" on my shopping list. This got me thinking -- who comes up with these lists? What makes one healthy food superior to another? And how do they narrow it down to only ten foods? I have noticed that some of them include far more than ten foods by listing very broad categories such as "fruit" or "whole grains." That seems a bit like cheating, to me. If you're going to tell people ten foods they must eat, then be specific. Entire categories of food are too vague.
I've always been a big believer that eating a wide variety of foods will help one cover all their nutritional bases. Having said that, I notice that the same ten or twelve foods keep appearing on my grocery list and menu. As mentioned in a previous Healthy Tip, studies show that people tend to eat the same foods over and over. I guess I am no different. Here is my list of favorites -- I almost always eat all ten every week, and oftentimes eat all ten in a single day! I hope you will be inspired to include some of these on your shopping list and in your weekly menus: