Nutrition FAQ #4 – What is the Perfect Food?

By Michelle Donovan, MS, RD, LDN, ACSM-CPT

As a registered, licensed dietitian and American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer, I have gotten a lot of questions over the years and there’s a good chance that you may be curious about some of these as well. In this ten-part series, I’ll address the questions I have received the most over my almost 30 years in the field of nutrition and wellness.

Is kale a perfect food? Is broccoli a perfect food?

There is no one perfect food, but kale and broccoli are both healthy choices. You could not just live on either one of them forever. You need a balance of all nutrients to stay healthy. The Center for Science in the Public Interest has sweet potatoes as it’s number one food followed by mangoes, then plain 0% fat Greek yogurt, broccoli and wild salmon to round out their top 5. While kale and broccoli are high in a lot of nutrients, like vitamin C, carotenoids, and folate, it does not have all the protein you need. Many protein foods, do not have all the vitamins and minerals you need. It is best to eat a variety of foods in moderation.

Michelle Donovan, MS, RD, LDN, ACSM-CPT
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