Many of us know the benefits in disease prevention of eating green leafy vegetables but who knew Watercress topped the list?

Because its packed with large amounts of essential vitamins and nutrients, it has been long known as a super-food with a score of 100.

CDC journal “Preventing Chronic Disease,” published a list of 41 powerhouse fruits and vegetables compiled by researchers at William Paterson University. The foods are scored by their content of fiber, potassium, protein, calcium,  folate, vitamin B12, vitamin A, vitamin D and other nutrients, all considered important to public health.

Fruits & Vegetables

The next five in the elite category: Chinese cabbage (91.99), chard (89.27), beet greens (87.08), spinach (86.43) and chicory (73.36). The full chart is below.

Fruits, however, didn’t turn out to be terribly powerful in Di Noia’s rankings. Highest on the list was the red pepper (41.26), followed by pumpkin (32.23), tomato (20.37) and lemon (18.72). In fact, of the six foods that the researchers considered and decided to leave off the list, four were fruits: raspberries, tangerines, cranberries and blueberries. (The other two were garlic and onions.)

Powerhouse fruits and vegetables

Happy Eating!

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