Finding the sweet spot with your diet isn’t always easy. When we’re trying to eat as healthy as possible, we want foods that give us as much nutritional value as possible and thanks to a study published in PLOS One, we know what they are.
Researchers grouped foods together in combos that meet our daily nutrient requirements with the smallest number of foods possible and the ones that were used in the most combinations were ranked as having the most “nutritional fitness.” These are the most nutritionally fit foods that you should add to your grocery list:
- Almonds - These nuts are high in monounsaturated fatty acids - the “good fats” - as well as vitamin E and folate, so they’re at the top of the list in the fat-rich foods category.
- Cherimoya - You probably haven’t heard of or seen this tropical fruit, but it’s full of fiber, vitamin C, and potassium. They say it tastes like a cross between a banana and a pineapple and it’s the nutritionally fit food in the carbohydrate-rich category.
- Ocean perch - This deepwater fish is the most nutritionally fit food in the protein-rich category because it’s high in protein, vitamin B12, and selenium.
- Flatfish - Flounder and halibut are packed with protein, vitamin B, and folate, plus, they’re low in mercury. Bonus!
- Chia seeds - These little black seeds are nutritional powerhouses full of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, iron, and calcium.