Superfood is that variety of food that supplies rich nutrients and healthy fats into your body and helps avoid heart diseases, cardiovascular diseases and weight gain. Scientists and doctors unanimously accept the benefits of these superfoods on your health.

So, if losing weight and staying in shape is what you have always wanted without starving yourself, this is time to set out on a journey which gives you the freedom to gulp these foods as much as you can.

PS: Since I am vegetarian, don’t expect fish and egg white in this list of superfoods.

#1. Nuts

Dry fruits and nuts are a powerhouse of energy and nutrition. Nuts are rich in healthy unsaturated fatty acids that do not give you the stress of weight gain.

You can replace them with your favorite snacks. Whenever you feel like having something, just go nuts.

Although many studies suggest that nuts are good for the heart, scientists are yet to find a rock-solid evidence to conclude this suggestion.

#2. Berries

Chinese wolfberries, blueberries, acai berries, bilberries, strawberries, blackberries, and cherries are some of the most popular berries you can find at your nearby supermarket.

Berries are naturally packed with anti-oxidants; fiber; calories; vitamin C & K; manganese; copper; and folate. They help control blood glucose level, blood pressure, cholesterol, cancer, and insulin response. Berries also keep your arteries healthy.

Soluble fiber and low-carb content of berries pronounce a great deal of convenience in weight management. I have worked with many weight-loss physicians and experts (though I wouldn’t name anyone here) and they all acknowledge the health benefits of berries.

The anti-oxidant property of berries helps prevent seasonal infections and inflammations caused by mental and physical activities.

#3. Oats

Oatmeal is incredible. Some nutritionists call oats the healthiest food on earth. Oats are a gluten-free grain, made from whole grain that is extremely rich in vitamin B1, B3, B5 and B6, carbs, fiber, manganese, phosphorus, copper, iron, folate, zinc, minerals, calcium, potassium, anti-oxidants, and fiber, phew.

The fiber found in oats is called beta gluten, which is a soluble fiber that helps in weight loss. This beta gluten fiber helps regulate cholesterol and blood sugar level, which are among the top causes of heart diseases.

After having your bowl of oats every morning, you feel full for a long duration.

Oats are also good for your skin. That’s the reason why there are oats-based skin care products. Medically, they have long been used for the treatment of itch and skin irritation.

#4. Black Bean

Black bean is a must-find thing in Indian kitchens. But, did you know it is healthier and more nutritious than any other type of food you can think of?

Black beans are a wealthy source of healthy nutrients such as protein, fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.

Perfect meal inclusion for vegans and vegetarians, black beans deliver calories, copper, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, and most importantly, zero fat and zero cholesterol into your body.

Black beans offer a profound preventive support for cardiovascular and heart diseases, cancer, cell damage, besides stabilizing your blood sugar level.

Dark beans also improve your digestive health and provide you with long-lasting energy.

If you are trying to build muscles, the high protein content of black beans will surely come handy.

#5. Uncooked/half-cooked Vegetables

Vegetables are low in fat and calories, but high in vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. Plus, if you want to stay away from digestive problems, then you must stay away from animal products.

No vegetable contains cholesterol. However, the way you cook them (with oil, seasonings, etc.) can add cholesterol to your meal plate. This is why you should prefer more of uncooked or half-cooked vegetables in your meals. Doing so doesn’t kill or diminish the natural qualities of vegetables. What it reduces is your everyday calorie intake.

Having meals rich in vegetables lowers the risk of heart diseases, strokes, cancer, obesity, type-2 diabetes, and kidney stones.

Your skin, eyes, and hair also get a huge support from your veggie-rich diet.

#6. Fruits

Fruits are a sweet gift from God. How can they be so fruitless?

Whole fruits are an important source of dietary fiber. However, the packaged fruit juices have little or no fiber. Rather, they are packed with loads of calories, fatty acids, and pesticides. So, avoid packaged fruit drinks. Have fresh fruits instead.

Those who include fruits in their everyday diet will most likely have a strong resistance against chronic diseases. Fruits provide nutrition is a universally accepted fact.

Fruits are low in sodium and fat content. They do not add to your daily calorie count. Also, fruits do not deliver a single percentage of cholesterol into your body.

Eating fruits strengthens your heart health, repairs body tissues, oppresses constipation, reduces diverticulosis, and braces your immune system. Fruits also help heal your cuts and injuries faster.

#7. Dark Chocolates

Chocolates are everyone’s favorite. But, chocolates promote tooth cavity is an undeniable fact. They also cause weight gain. However, not all varieties of chocolate are unhealthy.

Dark chocolates are not unhealthy. According to American Cancer Institute, dark chocolate is cancer fighting food.

The International Journal of Cardiology brings up that the flavonoid found in dark chocolate has a positive effect on human heart health.

Dark chocolates are low in calories. Now you know why fitness freaks prefer dark chocolates over regular ones.

This superfood does not metabolize adversely with the cholesterol level of your system. Regular consumption of dark chocolate can decrease the bad cholesterol by 6-7 percent, says a 2009 Southern Medical Journal report.

#8. Green Tea

An article on HealthLine magazine declares that green tea is the healthiest food on the planet.

Loaded with antioxidants, nutrients, and mood setting minerals, green tea brings powerful effects on your body.

Its bioactive compound is good for your overall health. Its polyphenols help reduce inflammation, infection, risks of cancer and formation of free radicals in the body.

Green tea, just like Indian masala chai, stimulates you and improves your performance at work and in bed. The super beverage also helps in weight loss, many weight loss experts claim. It is good for your dental health as well.

Research programs are trying to find that green tea can help in Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s in the elderly; they have the evidence, but not the proof.

#9. Black Coffee

Even science has approved that black coffee is no less than a superfood due to dozens of its benefits. Black coffee sets your mood right away you gulp it down. Overloaded with antioxidants and nutrients such as Vitamin B2, B3, B5, Manganese, potassium and magnesium, this super beverage offers numerous benefits to your health.

Regular consumption of black coffee sharpens your memory; improves your performance at work, in the gym, and during sex; keeps your liver healthy; cleanses your urine and stomach, and supports your weight loss efforts.