Here we count down the top 10 powerhouse foods based on nutrient density. A list of all the powerhouse foods can be found in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease. For a summary of the findings, click here.
10. Collard Greens
Of all the cruciferous vegetables, collard greens may be the best at lowering bad cholesterol; this cancer-fighting vegetable is loaded with over 800% of your daily vitamin K.
9. Romaine Lettuce
Low in calories and high in dietary fiber, romaine lettuce is also an excellent source of Vitamins A, K, and folate.
Known as a digestive aid and breath freshener, parsley is very high in vitamins K, C, and A.
7. Leaf lettuce
Lettuce whose leaves grow as a single loose stalk rather than a tight ball, leaf lettuce is an excellent source of vitamin A, potassium, and fiber.
Chicory is known for its ability to help people with liver problems, regulate blood sugar levels, and help support digestion.
Long heralded as a superfood, spinach is high in magnesium, iron, folate, and vitamins A, B2, C, and K.
4. Beet greens
These are the stalks of the beet root and are higher in nutritional value than the beet itself.
Chard is a unique blood-sugar regulator and high in vitamins K and A.
2. Chinese cabbage
High in folic acid, vitamin A and potassium, chinese cabbage is known for its anti-inflammatory properties.
An aquatic plant with a solid reputation as a healing herb, watercress contains more iron than spinach, more calcium than milk, and more vitamin C than an orange.