7 Most Underrated health foods


There's a whole bunch of popular health foods out there, sometimes referred to as super-foods, that regularly get the praise the may or may not deserve. But what about the lesser known, or not so popular, or downright un-sexy foods? Well here's 7 that you could consider adding into your Real Food Programme.

1. Oysters

Oysters are one of the most nutritious foods on the planet per calorie. High in omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin D. Also, probably the richest source of iron per weight in any food type, except possibly no. 2.

2. Organ Meats

All organ meats are rich sources of essential nutrients, and these nutrients are available in much higher concentrations than in the standard 'vanilla meats'. Cooking them properly is the biggest barrier, so make sure you follow a tried and tested recipe or ask your mum how to cook them.

3. Seaweed

Okinawan's are some of the longest lived people on earth. The sea vegetables in their diets are thought to be responsible for many aspects of their health and longevity. Seaweed is a great source of iodine.

4. Sauerkraut and kimchi (pictured)

Traditionally fermentation was used to preserve foods to avoid waste, but it also seems to increase nutritional value and add good bacteria to the gut. These microbes help with digestion and absorption, and without them gut health can deteriorate.

5. Beans and lentils

An amazing source of energy, and rich in iron, and folate. A great option if you struggle with negative symptoms from eating whole grains. Because of their high satiety it is difficult to overeat these legumes, leading to healthier weight levels.

6. Mushrooms

Used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years mushrooms have many compounds believed to boost immunity and protect against cancer. They're also rich in vitamins and minerals and equally delicious raw or cooked, making them extremely versatile.

7. Egg Yolks (whole eggs)

Egg consumption is not proven to cause heart disease. Dietary cholesterol has a negligible effect on blood cholesterol and can have a positive effect in HDL (good cholesterol) levels in some people. Go for free range they are packed full of goodness - remember what the hen eats ends up in its eggs. The yolk has as much protein as the white, and is high in vitamin A, calcium and iron, as well as vitmain B12 and selenium.