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7 Types of Fruits & Veggies You Should Eat (And Avoid)

Not all tomatoes are equal.

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5 April 2017

Healthiest Fruits & Veggies Revealed

According to WHO health fact sheet 2016, sixty-five percent of people around the world live in a country where overweight and obesity kill more people than underweight.

The same report also states that around 3 in 10 deaths globally are caused by cardiovascular diseases and at least 80 percent of these premature deaths can be prevented through one and only one thing — healthy and balanced diet.

Most of us already know how important a balanced diet is; we even “try to eat healthily” but guess what, trying is not good enough.

With all the junk we consume, the pollution we inhale and the crazy lifestyle we lead — one healthy meal a day just won’t make the cut.

Eating healthy has to be a lifestyle change rather than a diet option. What you put through that mouth decides your medical history.

Experts believe it’s vital to know whether the presumably healthy food you’re eating is healthy enough or not. Botanist James Wong — the author of How To Eat Better has compiled the ultimate guide to every type of fruit and vegetable you should eat — from the ones we assume are full of nutrients to the ones that actually are.

His research will change your entire grocery list. Read below for Wong's ultimate guide to the healthiest varieties of 10 most common fruits and vegetables.

1. Tomatoes

Not all juicy ripe tomatoes are equal. According to Wong's study, these juicy fellas differ as per a number of phytonutrients they contain — a super food chemical produced by plants that help prevent many diseases. Baby plum tomatoes contain the highest amount of phytonutrients whereas, beefsteak tomatoes rank last.

Types of tomatoes

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2. Onions

Caramalised, raw or sauteed - this essential veggie was judged on the number of polyphenols they contain. Red onions ranked at the top while white onions, at the last.

Types of onions

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3. Berries

All berries are nature's candies but some are sweeter (and healthier) than others. And this might break your heart but strawberries are at the bottom of the list. Berries were weighed in on the number of anthocyanins they contain, which are cells that protect plants from ultra-violet rays and are believed to have health properties. Blackcurrants rank at the top.

Types of berries

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4. Apples

Not all apples will keep the doctor away. As per Wong's research, Braeburn apples do the best job of fighting diseases.

Types of apples

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5. Citrus

Despite what you might have heard, lime isn't the most beneficial of all citrus. It's blood oranges that contain the highest amount of antioxidants.

Types of citrus

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6. Grapes

Easy to eat and pretty to look at, grapes were ranked according to the number of antioxidants they contain. Good news: sable seedless (the black and purple ones) top the list.

Types of grapes

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7. Salad Leaves

If your definition of eating your greens is limited to iceberg in the burger then sorry to burst your bubble, it ranks lowest in terms of nutrients value. It's kale that you should be eating regularly.

Types of salad leaves

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