Back in the 1940s, a man named J.I. Rodale created what would become a famous list of health foods. The foods on the list are not only organic, they’re high in disease-fighting antioxidants, packed with essential fatty acids, and loaded with other vital nutrients. In this post, we’ll feature four favorite foods from Rodale’s list — foods that the organic pioneer said are not only ecologically-friendly, but “give disease a small punch in the solar plexus”.
Coconut. There’s a reason why American health nuts are nuts about coconut products these days. Whether it’s coconut oil or coconut water, coconut is one of the world’s few sources of lauric acid, which helps your immune system fight bacterial and viral infections.
Kelp. Most Americans enjoy seaweed as an appetizer or sushi-wrap at Japanese restaurants. Kelp — the fastest-growing seaweed — is rich in potassium, iodine, protein, magnesium, and other minerals. It’s also rich in the omega-3 fatty acid, EPA.
Wild Rice. Wild rice is one of the original American health foods. Hand-harvested in the Great Lakes region for over a thousand years, wild rice is rich in protein, fiber, and B vitamins. And Rodale also loves it because it’s harvested in the least environmentally damaging way possible.
Maple Syrup. “I strongly recommend that sugar be dispensed with entirely and that maple syrup be substituted,” Rodale said in the 1940s. During recent years, scientists have found that maple syrup is loaded with healthful compounds that are known to fight cancer and heart disease. Just a little maple syrup can have the same sweetening effect as sugar.
For a complete list of J.I Rodale’s 11 favorite foods, please see this feature on the Rodale Diet.