CowsFacts about food:

– up to 50 percent of all food on Earth left uneaten
– excess food appears as a result of a combination of several factors: bad harvest collection, improper storage conditions, the absence of strict control over the sale of expired products and profligate of consumers
– the Food Price Index in 2012 decreased by 7% to 212 points
– more of people are eating more and better than ever before, but the hunger is still big global issue
– world cereal consumption has more than doubled since 1970, and meat consumption has tripled since 1961
– while global population doubled to 6 billion people in the 40 years from 1960, global food production more than kept up
– at the moment we are not on course to achieve the Millennium Development Goal of halving world hunger by 2015
– although the proportion of hungry people is coming down, population increase means the actual number continues to rise
– hunger and malnutrition killed 10 million people a year, 25,000 a day – one life extinguished every five seconds
– meat usually demands far more than grain – water, land, grain itself (34% of world grain supplies are fed to livestock reared for meat)

1. Spirulina: While the thought of eating lake algae might gross you out, spirulina is actually pretty tasty, especially blended into a smoothie or hidden in a chocolate bar. It has more antioxidants than any other food on earth and is loaded with protein and minerals making it the most nutrient dense food.

2. Kale: According to Dr. Joel Fuhrman, kale is the most nutritious food, loaded with minerals, vitamins, fiber and amino acids, as well as important antioxidants that reduce inflammation and can prevent cancer. It’s also delicious and an easy to prepare, versatile food.

3. Hemp Seeds: What do you get when you combine protein, fiber, essential fatty acids, antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins and minerals? Hemp, of course. This easily digestible seed is versatile, easy to use and extremely tasty, too.

4. Chocolate: Yes, you read right. Cacao beans are so nutrient-dense that scientists haven’t even begun to identify all the benefits in the little bean yet. Don’t grab a Snickers though—the good stuff is found only in raw cacao beans or nibs (or really, really dark chocolate). Minerals, vitamins and tons of antioxidants are great for your heart, skin, and release chemicals in the brain that make you feel like you’re in love.

5. Broccoli: Mom was right, you should eat your broccoli if you want a healthy digestive system and to decrease your risk of cancer. Broccoli has a wide range of yumminess too, from soups and stews to stir fry.

6. Spinach: Popeye was onto something with that spinach fixation. But skip the canned stuff and stick with fresh or frozen for an antioxidant, protein and fiber-rich burst of healthy goodness. Fresh or cooked, spinach’s sweet and hardy flavor brightens any meal.

7. Chia: The Aztec warriors may have died out, but their legacy is alive and strong in the chia seed. This yummy, unassuming ancient favorite is loaded with omega fats, protein and fiber. Dr. Weil says it’s a better choice than flax because “chia is so rich in antioxidants that the seeds don’t deteriorate and can be stored for long periods without becoming rancid.”

8. Berries: Unlike other fruit, berries tend to be less sugary and full of vital vitamins, minerals and those free-radical avenging antioxidants. Wild berries are always a great choice, especially black raspberries.