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If a bunch of scientists and nutritionists etc. were to write up a consensus of what the healthiest daily diet would be, what would it consist of?
Eat a wide variety of foods including lots of fruits and vegetables and eat as much as you're hungry for. That's really all that needs to be said.
The best diet is generally considered to be the Mediterranean diet. Lots of fish, nuts, olive oil, whole grains, some dairy. Little red meat.
whole wheat pasta
peanut butter natural / organic
...great simple list...I just wish salmon wasn't so polluted. Maybe substitute another smaller cold water fish to avoid mercury poisoning? If I didn't have a wife and kids I'd try going a month on this diet just to see how I felt.
Why whole grains? Whole grains have phylates, which prevent the absorption of the tiny bit more minerals that whole grains are alleged to have. And why grains at all? Agriculture is a very recent development and has supported large populations at the cost of degraded health of any one person.
Why dairy? This is only a "food group" because of lobbying. Humans ate no dairy for most of our evolutionary history (or wheat) and we don't do well with gluten and casein.
Why little red meat? So long as it is grass fed, it has a prefectly fine fat profile. Corn fed meat is not meat as it is supposed to be.
Limit your added/refined sugar (that is, sucrose or HFCS - any sugar with high fructose content) intake to under 10g a day (treat it like alcohol - a treat rather than a daily thing) and you will be 2/3 of the way to a good diet.
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Pretty much any food item that can be purchased at Panera Bread would be included in a healthy diet list.
Freshly baked bread
Sardines. Great in mustard sauce.
Also, wild Sockeye salmon from Alaska - sustainable and cleaner than farm-raised salmon.
The healthiest diet is a diet consisting of real, natural food, with enough vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to support the lifestyle in question. Sugars, excessive polyunsaturated fat (high in omega 6), and gluten should be limited as much as possible.
Should consist of
-All meats, with fish high in omega 3 oils being at the top.
-Root vegetables and tubers - (all potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, squash, pumpkin etc.)
-Leafy green veggies
-All other veggies and fruits
- healthy fats low in polyunsaturated fat (which oxidizes easily and causes inflammation) - these fats include coconut oil, butter, animal fat (lard/tallow), and olive oil. These fats are high in either saturated or monounsaturated fat, therefore not prone to oxidize.
- Offal/ organ meats are healthy but many people don't want to eat them
- nuts, chocolate and rice are good in moderation
- Dairy is fine if it is tolerated, but should be from good source.
Keep in mind what is healthy varies depending if you want to lose weight or if you want to avoid getting sick (heart disease). If you want to lose weight obviously limiting carbohydrates would be helpful, but for the active or naturally lean it's not necessary.
The main culprits are excess sugar, vegetable oils, and gluten grains.
I'm not interested in arguing about this; he asked what the general consensus is and I posted it. What you're talking about is not the general consensus anywhere but among Paleo diet guys.
Come to think of it my 1 year old eats and seems to enjoy a good diet: human-milk, broccoli, carrots, beef, chicken, sauteed greens, cheerios or "puffs" once daily as a snack, bananas, grapes, berries, melon, water, and an occasional treat (crackers, bite of dessert, etc...). My wife is looking to add cow-milk but I've been resisting as I'm lactose intolerant and have read up plenty on the pitfalls of dairy (know of any alternatives?)