This infographic entitled "Superfoods" illustrates 24 foods that are considered to be nutrient dense and/or having a nutritional profile that translates into health benefits.
Not surprisingly, 23 of the 24 foods listed in this particular infographic are plant-based and a part of a normal, healthy daily vegan or vegetarian diet.
Notably, salmon is the only food on this list that vegans do not eat (some vegetarians do eat fish). The salmon was probably included in this list because it is high in protein and omega-3 fatty acids. However, it is also high in saturated fat and dietary cholesterol but has zero dietary fiber.
If you are trying to lose weight (including belly fat), this is precisely what you should not be eating: foods high in fat, cholesterol and lacking fiber. Additionally, a high consumption of animal-based protein has been linked to various diseases, including cancer.
Vegans and non-fish-eating vegetarians get plenty of protein and omega-3 fatty acids from plant-based sources. Some good choices are:
- flax, hemp and sunflower seeds and oils
- walnuts, almonds and other nuts, nut butter and nut milk
- baked, black, kidney and other beans
- chickpeas (garbanzo beans) and hummus
These plant-based sources are not only rich in omega-3 fatty acids, they are also typically high in protein, dietary fiber and other essential micronutrients, while being low in fat (specifically saturated fat) and do not contain dietary cholesterol.
And this is the correct "recipe" for healthy weight loss, a flat belly and continued weight management!
The Importance of Antioxidants
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