Agricultural scientists say they can’t tell you what to eat in your backyard.
But they do know this: If you’re looking for something that’s low in calories, high in nutrients, and low in toxic chemicals, the term “cultivated” might make more sense.
Here are seven crops that are considered to be among the most healthful and delicious foods on earth.1.
Red beans: Red beans are high in vitamin C, potassium, folate, and beta carotene, and contain more than twice the amount of vitamin A of white beans.
In fact, red beans contain twice as much vitamin A as a whole cup of blueberries.2.
Tomatoes: Tomatoes contain high amounts of fiber, magnesium, vitamin C and iron.
They also contain antioxidants and phytochemicals that help the body fight free radicals and damage the DNA of bacteria.3.
Cucumber: The tart, spicy fruit has an impressive list of healthy nutrients.
It’s high in fiber, vitamin A, iron, magnesium and folate.
Cacao contains antioxidants and antioxidants that help ward off free radicals, while cacao butter helps protect the heart and body from cancer.4.
Cauliflower: A cauliflower meal is low in carbohydrates, and high in antioxidants, folates and phytonutrients.
The greens are high on vitamin C as well.5.
Sweet potatoes: Sweet potatoes are high-quality foods and rich in vitamins A, C, K, and E. They’re also low in saturated fat, sodium and trans fats.6.
Cashews: Cashews contain a number of antioxidants that are thought to help the brain, immune system, liver and pancreas.
They contain more fiber than white nuts and a good source of magnesium.7.
Spinach: Spinach contains the highest concentrations of antioxidants and vitamin C of any vegetable, according to the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
It also has the highest levels of vitamin B12 in the world.