With a certain pride, the GesundeListe editorial team can say that it already offers one of the largest lists of healthy foods on the German Internet. After all, our list of healthy foods lists over 200 foods from around the world that should find their place on the menu of health-conscious people, at least from time to time.
The list will continue to be maintained and supplemented in the future. Of course, GesundeListe readers can also write suggestions and corrections in the comments at any time.
But we want to go further and create healthy lists for certain food and nutrient groups. This is where we start…
More lists of healthy foods
Whether food is healthy also depends on the consumer who eats the food. Simply put: If you do not tolerate a food well, then it is unhealthy for you. However, if you tolerate an unhealthy food very well because you are perfectly healthy, eat the unhealthy food only sometimes or only in very small quantities, then it is hardly unhealthy for you. We therefore now deal with certain life circumstances.
In the following we refer to a group of people and to the general life experience. It is by no means an individual nutritional advice or health advice. For example, if you want to lose weight, be sure to talk to a nutritionist or family doctor. Because the ideas of our editors for losing weight and changing the diet must always be examined on a case-by-case basis.
List of healthy foods for weight loss
What does weight loss mean?
For people, losing weight usually means breaking down fat reserves, which are considered excess and burdensome. The human body builds up fat reserves when it absorbs more energy with food than the body can consume through its basic function and activity. Losing weight is the opposite of this: a person who absorbs less energy than the body needs uses up his fat reserves and loses weight.
Gaining and losing weight is natural
Weight gain is basically not a bad thing. Our ancestors desperately needed their fat reserves, because life in the past consisted of abundance and scarcity. In a year of abundance or in certain seasons, a lot of energy was stored – in the form of fat. In times of drought and in winter, when food was scarce, our ancestors regularly lost weight on their own.
The mean thing about this natural rhythm of gaining and losing weight is that we like to gain weight for evolutionary reasons. No one has to force us to feast and stuff ourselves with food, because nature has created us in such a way that we always eat abundantly when there is an oversupply and build up our vital fat deposit.
Making weight loss pleasant and healthy
It is all the more blatant in times of scarcity, when we do not get any food. Even if our fat reserves are great and we go without food for over a month, we will suffer. We will then crave food, the stomach will growl and we will push cabbage steam.
Healthy foods for weight loss must therefore start at this point. In order to be truly healthy, you must meet the following criteria:
- Low energy
- Rich in vitamins and minerals
Such foods provide the body with everything it needs for the healthy breakdown of fat reserves. Those who integrate our healthy foods for weight loss into the nutrition plan and diligently keep an eye on the calories will lose weight.
We’ll start with the best 10 foods to lose weight…
10 Best Foods to Lose Weight
- Low-energy drinks (water, buttermilk, juice spritzers)
- Cabbage (cauliflower, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts)
- Wholemeal bread
- Legumes (lentils, peas, beans)
- Lean meat and lean fish (e.g. beef, herring, sardines, salmon trout)
- Fruit (apples, grapes, bananas)
- Wholemeal pasta
All these foods have a high satiety index, are rich in various important nutrients and have relatively few calories.
Have we forgotten something? Then feel free to write it in the comments!
The following topics will be added to this article in the future. Therefore, we ask for your understanding that it is not quite finished yet. If you would like to support us with the expansion and are an expert in one of the following areas, please contact us.
- Further topics (planned)
- List of healthy foods for osteoarthritis
- List of healthy foods for children
- List of healthy nuts
- List of healthy snacks
- Lists of healthy nutrients and ingredients
- List of healthy oils and fats
- List of healthy carbohydrates
List of unhealthy foods
Food can be unhealthy for a variety of reasons. Some foods contain toxins or other ingredients that should not be consumed in too large quantities. Other unhealthy foods are too one-sided, too high in calories or too processed to be absorbed and utilized by our body in a healthy way.
13 Most Popular Unhealthy Foods
- Light foods, reduced fat
lots of sweetener or sugar, lots of processing, little healthy content
- Protein Bars
expensive, a lot of energy, a lot of energy: only useful for competitive athletes
- Sunflower oil
inhibits the absorption of omega-3 fatty acid
- Farmed salmon
Pesticides, over-greasing and thus toxin accumulation possible
- Fruit juices and smoothies
a lot of sugar
- Microwave popcorn
can develop toxic gases
- Agave syrup
high fructose content can lead to intolerances and discomfort
- Ready-made salads
high germ and bacterial load, salmonella
- vegetarian meat substitute
highly processed and flavored
- White flour products
hardly any nutrients, bad for digestion
- Products with glutamates (E6xx, yeast extracts, etc.
Flavour enhancers stimulate the appetite, tempt to overconsumption.
- Ready-made muesli and granola
often calorie bombs, roasted in fat and sugar etc.
- White rice
hardly any vitamins/minerals, often arsenic or other toxins