What Are the Five Perfect Foods?

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You may think that your favorite snacks and treats qualify as "perfect" but, quite likely, they may be far from perfect foods. Perfect foods are high in nutrients and low in saturated fat and sodium. Once you start relying on these perfect foods, you may find it is no sacrifice. There are five foods that are high in key nutrients, good for your health, and also taste good.

Perfect foods are usually delicious.
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Nuts are some of the best non-meat sources of protein there are. Almonds and walnuts contain fiber, vitamin E, calcium and are a good source of healthy fats. The FDA endorses almonds and walnuts as a type of food that lowers cholesterol and improves heart health. Eat them on their own or add them to a salad.

Almonds are a good source of healthy fats.
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Broccoli is known as the miracle food and for good reason. It&rsquo;s packed with vitamins A, C, K and beta-carotene and it&rsquo;s been known to prevent many types of diseases. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition listed it as the food most likely to prevent colon cancer and studies have also shown that it protects against ovarian cancer, prostate cancer and bladder infections.

Broccoli is known as the miracle food.
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Dark green, leafy vegetables such as kale, chard and spinach are full of vitamins A and C, iron and calcium. They are high in fiber and low in calories, making them good for your weight and your heart. Kale, in particular, has more nutritional value per calorie than almost any other food. Dark green vegetables like these may help reduce your risk of cancer.

Dark greens, like spinach, are full of vitamins
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Offering up high levels of vitamins B6 and C, as well as being one of the best sources of potassium makes bananas not only delicious, but also very healthy. Potassium-rich foods like bananas help to lower blood pressure and promote bone health. Studies have also found that bananas improve eye health, protect you from ulcers and promote kidney health.

Bananas are the best source of potassium.
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This grain has recently gained popularity in kitchens due to its numerous health benefits. Quinoa is a complete protein, meaning it has all the essential amino acids that your body needs. In addition, it has iron, potassium and magnesium and is gluten-free. It has been known to help with migraines, cardiovascular strength and prevent gallstones. Quinoa (pronounced Keen-wah) makes an excellent replacement for rice at any meal.

Quinoa (pronounced Keen-wah) is a grain that can replace rice.
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