It might feel like everything is being called a “superfood” these days, which is probably why Jamie Oliver is calling his list of 14 foods that will help you live to be 100 “hero” ingredients.
What are superfoods and hero ingredients?
Though that’s an adjective you likely haven’t used for foods before, there is something heroic about his list. Superfoods and hero ingredients help reduce your risk of diseases and ailments. Compiled through research done in Okinawa, Japan, Costa Rica, and the Greek island Ikaria where people live longer lives on average, the list’s brilliance is in its simplicity. You won’t find hard-to-locate items like spirulina or açai berries on his list; and you can probably find all of his “hero” foods at your local grocery store. In fact, they’re almost all affordable healthy foods you can eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day.
List of superfoods and hero ingredients
For Oliver, it’s about “smart and simple foods,” and his list reflects that. He ranks the top 14 foods to eat for longevity as follows:
- Goat’s milk
- Sweet potatoes
- Wild greens and herbs
- Black beans
- Fresh fruit
- Wild rice
Where can I find more information about Jamie Oliver's superfoods?
Oliver lost over 20 pounds from following his own guidelines and packing his diet with these nutrient-rich foods, getting more sleep, and cutting out alcohol. If you want to know more about his findings, check out his book, Everyday Super Food ($23.79, Amazon). You can also use the handy tool on the USDA's website to see what foods contain which nutrients and how much!
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