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The 41 healthiest superfoods, ranked

Men's Fitness logo Men's Fitness 01-06-2018 Hollis Templeton

Beware the label “superfood”: It’s slapped on everything from chia seeds to cauliflower. But what does it mean? When even such a low-bar base camp as Wikipedia calls superfood “a marketing term used to describe foods with supposed health benefits,” you know skepticism is in order. 

But now scientists at William Paterson University have come up with a sensible superfood-esque rating system, testing the levels of 17 disease-fighting nutrients (including fiber, potassium, iron, and B vitamins) in produce and ranking the top 41 “powerhouse fruits and vegetables.” 

The results were shocking. 

On the new list, former underdog watercress (#1) thrashed supposed superfood champ kale (#15). Meanwhile, beet greens (#4) beat down brussels sprouts (#21), parsley (#8) laid a pile drive on sweet potato (#40), and turnip greens (#11) smashed rutabaga (#36) into the turnbuckle. Even blackberries (#38) got body-slammed by strawberries (#30) and pink grapefruit (#35). 

Your strategy: Go for variety. “Don’t focus on just one or two foods on the list,” says the study’s Jennifer Di Noia, Ph.D. “For chronic disease prevention, all of them should be encouraged, as well as other plant foods, such as whole grains and beans.” 

Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables: The Rankings

1. Watercress

2. Chinese cabbage

3. Chard

4. Beet green

5. Spinach

6. Chicory

7. Leaf lettuce

8. Parsley

9. Romaine lettuce

10. Collard green

11. Turnip green

12. Mustard green

13. Endive

14. Chive

15. Kale

16. Dandelion green

17. Red pepper

18. Arugula

19. Broccoli

Leafy superfoods on plate © AMI Leafy superfoods on plate

20. Pumpkin

21. Brussels sprout

22. Scallion

23. Kohlrabi

24. Cauliflower

25. Cabbage

26. Carrot

27. Tomato

28. Lemon

29. Iceberg lettuce

30. Strawberry

31. Radish

32. Winter squash (all varieties)

33. Orange

34. Lime

35. Grapefruit (pink and red)

36. Rutabaga

37. Turnip

38. Blackberry

39. Leek

40. Sweet potato

41. Grapefruit (white) 

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