Question: I see stuff about superfoods and miracle foods, and I read how eating blueberries does this and broccoli does that. So, which one do you think is the best for you? I mean if you could only eat one variety of fruit or vegetable for the rest of your life, which one would it be?
Phoenix – About.com User
Answer: That's not an easy question to answer for a few reasons. First, it's difficult to differentiate which one is the absolute best because there are so many nutrients, and it would depend, I guess, on what nutrients you believe are most beneficial. I mean strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C, but carrots are high in vitamin A. They're both a good source of a variety of nutrients and low in calories so they're common for many superfoods lists. Which is really and truly better? I don't know. Same if you compare blueberries, or kale, or any of a long list of healthful produce.
Another reason it's difficult to answer this question (in my opinion) is due to individual taste. I mean, if you don't like blueberries or broccoli, there's no point in buying them and forcing yourself to consume them. Fortunately you don't have to. Hate broccoli? Eat kale. Hate asparagus? Eat green beans. Hate apples? Eat strawberries.
There are also things like availability and storage factors to consider. Raspberries are good for you, but they're so delicate, and they go bad quickly. No superfood fruit or vegetable is going to do you any amount of good if you have to dump it down the garbage disposal, toss it in the compost, or feed it to the squirrels in your backyard.
So I guess my final (and maybe it's wishy-washy) answer to your question is that there is no one best fruit or vegetable, except for the one you love best. Unless it's French fries or apple pie. In fact, don't torture any of your vegetables and fruits by deep frying them or turning them into high-calorie desserts. Eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables every day, and you'll be sure to get the variety of nutrients you need.
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