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Food All Stars

Ranking the Most Nutritious Foods


6/16/2018 3:59:40 AM

YMWONG22's SparkPage
Good article
8/18/2014 9:45:49 AM

This article is outdated and doesn't jive with the food pyramid any more nor the latest health related studies regarding food. Giving highly processed foods 4 stars while giving an apple one star makes no sense to me.
11/7/2013 6:59:54 PM

DELLMEL's SparkPage
What about chicken. I love bake chicken without the skin on it.
2/27/2013 7:07:23 PM

Oh Oops! Someone left out some of the best in the fruits/vegies category. What about blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, cherries, all of which (as I recall) are higher in nutrients than strawberries?
1/28/2013 9:21:14 PM

I believe this is a horrible chart! I was shocked when I read this article. I try not to be negative; however, it is so poor I have to speak out!
1/19/2013 1:18:47 PM

the stars are the phyto nutrients not the carbs , protein and fat..... Stars like spinach, kale, broccoli cauliflower, brussel sprout, beets... onions. mushroom cantaloupe..squash berries.....
7/3/2012 7:25:47 PM

JUSTYNA7's SparkPage
I agree. With all the focus on mono unsaturated fatty acids and fiber, this chart makes it appear like those do not matter. I get frustrated enough with all the conflicting information to have spark people present this like a be all and end all for how to choose healthy foods.
2/19/2012 1:06:00 PM

Overall, very disappointing. Peanut butter, especially the fresh ground peanut kind, is way healthier than hot dogs, luncheon meets and sausage. This chart over simplifies foods and if you're not careful about reading labels, you can consume way too much sugar. Chocolate milk, bagels and bread sticks are rarely healthy.
1/12/2012 12:18:49 PM

The article is ok for what it tries to do, but I'm thinking MICROnutrients were not taken into account at all. Strawberries are packed with antioxidants.

Did foods get a deduction in starts for sugar? Or is a large amount of a macronutrient not enough to score more than 1 star? That's the only way I can see apples and cottage cheese at the bottom; as others have pointed out, apples have a lot of fiber and cottage cheese is packed with protein.

Where does greek yogurt go? What about all the berries I eat that are not strawberries?
1/12/2012 11:09:31 AM

PANDADOT's SparkPage
Hmmm... I think this chart is a bit confusing. I understand that having something like "breadsticks" in the 4 star category is simply based on the fact that it has more thiamine, niacin and other key nutrients in it than other grains listed below it, but I find it hard to believe that chowing down on breadsticks versus having a decent portion of brown rice is going to be better for me in the long run.

Also, ditto other posters' opinions on blueberries and raspberries - they are nutrient powerhouses, and it's a shame they didn't make the list.

And I'm sorry, but I'm not giving up my morning cups of tea, even if they are on the "extras" list.
11/7/2011 10:49:14 AM

you have got to be kidding me... protein, lean protein, is key to feeling full. 15-20% of the calories from your protein is used up digesting the said protein! so 2-3 servings is not enough. You need at least 3 servings of LEAN protein. No bacon here! Also, finding cottage cheese not in the 4* foods is a shock! it's packed full of calcium, protein, ect! the pressed cottage is super versatile and won't leave your whole wheat pasta lasagna all watered down! Gee!
10/23/2011 12:52:28 PM

Corn is a 2 star food? Corn has very little nutritional value and can be difficult on the digestive system. Also, iceburg lettuce? Seriously? I would suggest using this guide loosly. There are a lot of inconsistancies on here.
8/20/2011 10:00:44 AM

I am surprised that blueberries and raspberries didn't make the list and green bell peppers are rated higher than strawberries. I look for the antioxidant values of foods as much as the nutrients in them - and will stick to what I am eating.
6/21/2011 10:47:55 PM

MAMAINTN's SparkPage
are you kidding me? milkshakes and ice cream have the same nutritional value as cottage cheese? I don't think so! There are far too many inaccuracies in this article for it to remain on this site, it needs to be removed!
4/30/2011 4:45:01 PM

Please, please, don't think fruit/veg juice is good for you. It's high in fructose, which is the highly addictive part of the sugar molecule. Always eat whole fruit, and get hold of a chart that shows you which fruits/veg are higher in fructose, eg apples, bananas.Cut right back on all the sugary foods you eat, and you will automatically lose weight, as your appetite control will return, after the sugar cravings have passed. Do the research for yourself. There was a good article in the NY times within the last couple of weeks. Read it. Google fructose & see where it takes you. The research will open your eyes. I lost 6.6 kilos in 4 months. But I then had to 'tweak' my food intake to limit the simple carbs, after putting on 4 kilos, I'm now 7.2 kilos lost, and I'm not exercising, well, have just started to exercise again. This site hasn't yet 'got with the programme' regarding fructose as yet. Otherwise these articles wouldn't be recommending 2-3 tablespoons of sugar per day as ok. (maybe it was teaspoons,not sure) Still way too much. Also, don't forget that a lot of the fruit /veg we eat are 70% or more made up of water. Plus if you include milk, and teas in your daily intake, it's been proven we don't need 8 glasses of water per day. Just don't drink any kind of soft drinks. How big is the glass anyhow? the glasses I use are 12oz glasses, so 8 glasses is waaaay too much. I manage 1 and a half - 2 litres per day. I think that's great. Don't wait for (or rely on) other people to do the research for you, do it yourself, you'll be horrified. I started with a book called Sweet Poison, just googled it after hearing the author interviewd on radio. Good luck with it all, I'm now losing weight slowly, and have started exercising again, life is good again. Spreading the Love Sylv from Oz

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