Almond is loaded with protein and fiber and represents one of the best sources of vitamin E. That helps slow down ageing and keep skin in good health. Thanks to high fiber and magnesium content, it regulates blood sugar levels and is a good choice for people with diabetes. It is considered that for the same reason, it can lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Almond is good for overall heart health and implementing it in diet also showed lower risk of some neurological disorders like Parkinson’s.


Strawberry belongs to the rose family and is one of the most popular berries. It is very low in calories and contains much less sugar than other more consumed fruits. Loaded with vitamin C (even more than orange), manganese and potassium and it is especially rich in antioxidants anthocyanins. They give it not only its rich red color but make it a great choice for heart health too. It is great for diabetes prevention and treatment due to low sugar levels and low glycemic index. Other health benefits include lowering cholesterol and blood pressure and cancer prevention.


Pineapple is the only food containing enzyme bromelain that helps with digestion and breaking down the proteins. That makes it a great choice for people with pancreas condition that causes lack of capability to produce these enzymes in our bodies. Thanks to bromelain, after surgeries, pineapple can be consumed as part of the diet to speed up the recovery process and to repair damaged muscle tissues and wound healing, as well as burns. Bromelain is also believed to reduce pain in people suffering from arthritis (inflammation of the joints). Pineapple is rich in antioxidants (especially flavonoids), vitamin C and manganese. It boosts overall immunity and reduces inflammation.

Green peas

This legume is high in starch and fiber and especially rich in protein. Peas contain antioxidants polyphenols and have low glycemic index, helping stabilize blood sugar levels and are diabetes friendly food. They are great for digestion due to high content of insoluble fiber, protect heart from heart disease and help lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Rich in saponins, they have anti-cancer properties. The most present minerals in peas are manganese, phosphorus and iron. Another powerful substance in peas is lutein, good for eye health. On the other side, peas contain antinutrients common for legumes, that are making the mineral absorption and peas digestion more complicated. This might cause bloating and discomfort during consumption.


Cabbage is low in starch and high in fiber, which, together with low glycemic index make it an excellent choice for diabetes treatment. It also contains anthocyanins, especially found in red cabbage, that help reduce blood sugar levels and keep heart healthy. Although it can cause excessive gas, it is very high in vitamins K and C and antioxidants like polyphenols. It is good for digestion and lowering cholesterol levels. Cabbage is one of the best medicines for inflammation and promotes gut health, especially in fermented form or as famous ‘kimchi’.


Corn is rich in starch, which is its main carb. Containing relatively small amount of water compared to other vegetables, it is very high in fiber and promotes digestion. Due to presence of antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, it is good for eye health. High in calories, but on the other hand, it contains high amounts of vitamin B and minerals like phosphorus, manganese, zink and magnesium. Due to high content of sugar, it is not the best choice for people with diabetes. Unfortunately, corn used in nutrition is often genetically modified.


Although unpopular with kids because of its slightly bitter taste, broccoli is favorite among athletes due to its many health benefits. Packed with vitamin C and K, it is necessary part of every healthy diet. Just 100g of broccoli provides sufficient daily dose of vitamin K and it is an excellent choice for bone health and osteoporosis prevention. Since boiling destroys vitamin C due to high temperatures, it is best consumed steamed. It is very rich in fiber and protein, low in fat and contains only 35 calories per 100g. It reduces cholesterol levels and is great for keeping the heart healthy and contains good amounts of folate.

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