It’s clear that nutrient-richness is a key to maintaining health and losing weight healthfully. And what are among the most nutrientrich foods that people can easily incorporate into their Healthiest Way of Eating to help them boost their well-being? Fresh fruits, salads, and vegetables. Yet, which foods do most of us not eat enough of? Fresh fruits, salads, and vegetables.
In fact, 80% of Americans are compromising their ability to maintain a healthy weight and endangering their health by failing to eat enough fresh fruits, salads, and vegetables. I find this to be of great concern. It’s quite straightforward: the more fruits, salads, and vegetables, the easier it will be for you to get the nutrients you need for optimal health at a “caloric cost” so low that you will easily lose excess weight.
My approach to healthy weight loss emphasizes fresh fruits, salads, and vegetables—the lowest calorie food group available on the planet. On the WHFoods.org website and The World’s Healthiest Foods book, we profile more than two dozen low-calorie vegetables and over twenty fruits. With easy-to-prepare recipes and menus— which rely on low-calorie, deliciously prepared fresh fruits, salads, and vegetables—I will help you to have 5-9 recommended servings every day. Based on the weight loss research, these foods are your best option for increasing food volume and enjoying tasty, satisfying meals while keeping your overall calories low.
To further explain the unique qualities of nutrient-rich World’s Healthiest Foods, and to clearly illustrate how important they are to health and healthy weight loss, I want to share with you some food comparisons. Following is a chart showing the contributions of nutrients, including the % Daily Value (DV) of 22 nutrients of which spinach is an especially concentrated source.