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"After analyzing more than 1,000 raw foods, researchers ranked the ingredients that provide the best balance of your daily nutritional requirements -- and they found a few surprises," BBC observes. The top five most nutritious foods are chia seeds, flatfish, ocean perch, cherimoya and almonds. The McDonald's Grand Mac, Taco Bell Nacho Fries and Hardee's 2/3rd-pound Monster Thickburger were not on the list.

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The top five:

1. Almonds
2. Cherimoya fruit
3. Ocean Perch
4. Flatfish (Sole and Flounder)
5. Chia seeds

#1 | Posted by madscientist at 2018-02-04 12:48 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The full list:

journals.plos.org

Copyright: © 2015 Kim et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

#2 | Posted by madscientist at 2018-02-04 12:50 PM | Reply

Cherimoya

The cherimoya (Annona cherimola), also spelled chirimoya and called chirimuya by the Inca people, is an edible fruit-bearing species of the genus Annona from the family Annonaceae. It is generally thought to be native to Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia, spreading through cultivation to the Andes and Central America. Today, cherimoya is grown in tropical regions throughout the world.

Mark Twain called the cherimoya "the most delicious fruit known to men". The creamy texture of the flesh gives the fruit its secondary name, custard apple.

Ref:

1. "Annona cherimola". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved 2008-04-17.

2. Morton, JF (1987). "Cherimoya, in Fruits of Warm Climates, p 65-9". Center for New Crops and Plant Products, Purdue University Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture.

3. Popenoe H, King SR, León J, Kalinowski LS, Vietmeyer ND, et al. (1989). "Cherimoya". Lost crops of the Incas: Little-known plants of the Andes with promise for worldwide cultivation. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press. pp. 228–239. ISBN 978-0-309-07461-2.

4. van Zonneveld M, et al. (2012). "Mapping Genetic Diversity of Cherimoya (Annona cherimola Mill.): Application of Spatial Analysis for Conservation and Use of Plant Genetic Resources". PLoS ONE. 7 (1): e29845. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0029845. PMC 3253804 Freely accessible. PMID 22253801.

5. Twain M (October 25, 1866). "Kau and Waiohinu in Kilauea, June, 1866". The Sacramento Daily Union.

#3 | Posted by madscientist at 2018-02-04 12:54 PM | Reply

how do you get the nutrition out of chia seeds? just eat them? or are they like flax and they have to be processed somehow?

This is a neat article. Thanks for sharing.

#4 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-02-04 02:05 PM | Reply

#4

Grind them in a coffee bean grinder or a mortar and pestle.

#5 | Posted by memyselfini at 2018-02-04 03:12 PM | Reply

Thanks for posting, MS.

"Rounding out the Top 10 foods with highest nutritional fitness value:
flatfish, such as sole and flounder
chia seeds
pumpkin seeds
Swiss chard, a leafy green
pork fat
beet greens
snapper, a family of fishes with more than 100 species

FYI: Ocean perch are overfished and generally on the "Good Alternative" list of seafood to avoid.

blog.education.nationalgeographic.org

Pork fat? Not fried, I guess.

#6 | Posted by Corky at 2018-02-04 04:05 PM | Reply

Dang it.

#7 | Posted by Tor at 2018-02-04 04:09 PM | Reply

#6 Thx, Corky...the top 10 list is buried in the journal article I posted and is hard to decipher. The National Geographic article you posted explains it more clearly without all the statistical analysis.

Interestingly, walnuts and flaxseeds are two of the few common foods high in ω−3 fatty acids. I buy ground flax meal from Amazon in bulk and put it in yoghurt. I'd add them to a list, even if they don't count as the most nutritious foodstuffs.

#8 | Posted by madscientist at 2018-02-04 07:14 PM | Reply

Pork fat? Not fried, I guess.
#6 | POSTED BY CORKY AT 2018-02-04 04:05 PM | FLAG:

It's high in fatty acids, no trans fats. It got a bad wrap when people were screaming about lard and switched to plant based fats based on junk science.

#9 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-02-05 08:14 AM | Reply

Very cool. Thanks MAD

#10 | Posted by sawdust at 2018-02-05 08:42 AM | Reply

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- switched to plant based fats based on junk science.

Ayn Rand is going to get you killed, one way or t'other, early.

#11 | Posted by Corky at 2018-02-05 12:28 PM | Reply

Anti-science Corky, try to update your knowledge once in awhile, here's a good place to start: www.foundmyfitness.com

Also, Ayn Rand was essentially a cult leader. Everybody well read knows this.

#12 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-02-05 06:39 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"In the United States if a food has less than 0.5 grams of trans fat in a serving, the food label can read 0 grams trans fat."
www.mayoclinic.org

This must be the "New Math" I keep hearing about!

#13 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-02-05 06:58 PM | Reply

-Anti-science Corky,

Says the clown ignoring the detailed scientific study at the thread link.

#14 | Posted by Corky at 2018-02-05 08:04 PM | Reply

and rhubarb.

#15 | Posted by ichiro at 2018-02-06 01:26 AM | Reply

Says the clown ignoring the detailed scientific study at the thread link.
#14 | POSTED BY CORKY AT 2018-02-05 08:04 PM | REPLY

Thread link has zero to do with lard and the movement away from it towards high trans fat oils that happened 28 years ago.

You're not very good at this.

#16 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-02-06 07:20 AM | Reply

My top five

1. Hagen Daz Dulce de Leche - can't get enough
2. Vacio - slow cooked on BBQ
3. Rape a la Gallega - Monkfish from Galacia
4. Jamon Iberico de Jabugo - I can have this 24/7
5. Pilsner Urquell - dah

#17 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2018-02-06 08:42 AM | Reply

Its interesting how some foods are more nutritious raw and some after freezing. I don't understand how turkey and other meats get rated 0.00 or .34 when there is no clear distinction in their descriptions.

A very useful post that I've copied, including corky's national geographic post.

#18 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-02-06 11:15 AM | Reply

Pork fat is towards the top of the list. Awesome, I'm going to go eat pounds of it every day now.

#19 | Posted by humtake at 2018-02-06 11:38 AM | Reply

Bacon = Pork fat delivery system. Yee haw!!

#20 | Posted by montecore at 2018-02-06 12:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

- plant based fats based on junk science.

Is what you are now running away from... as you are terrible at this, even when you move the goalposts. Sad.

#21 | Posted by Corky at 2018-02-06 01:20 PM | Reply

Bacon = Pork fat delivery system. Yee haw!!

#20 | Posted by montecore at 2018-02-06 12:27 PM | Reply | Flag:

NASSSSSY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#22 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-02-06 01:25 PM | Reply

Also, Ayn Rand was essentially a cult leader. Everybody well read knows this.

#12 | Posted by sitzkrieg

So your party is following a cult leader? Doesn't that make you a cult member?

#23 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-02-06 01:28 PM | Reply

More Liberal nonsense!

Stable Geniuses all agree that the top five foods are:

KFC (Original and Greasy of course!)
Cheeseburgers (eaten in bed while tweeting)
Freedom fries (not those cowardly French kind)
Well done steak with ketchup (a vegetable!)
Chocolate cake (preferring while firing off $75 million dollars worth of missiles)

You wash that down with all the diet coke you can drink!

A meal fit for Kings (and dotards who want to be King.)

#24 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-02-06 01:32 PM | Reply

Pork fat is towards the top of the list. Awesome, I'm going to go eat pounds of it every day now.

#19 | Posted by humtake

Why? You conservatives suddenly believe in science again?

The same scientific method that concludes these foods are healthy also conclude mankind is changing the climate.

#25 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-02-06 01:37 PM | Reply

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