14 Weird (But Super Healthy) Foods You Should Be Eating

February 14, 2013  |  
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You learned to make the transition from chicken fingers and grilled cheeses to asparagus and steamed fish as you became a health and weight-conscious adult.  Now we’re going to push you a bit further on your fit and fabulous journey. The foods listed here may sound — and look — sort of odd, but we have faith that you can learn to love these even stranger, but super healthy foods if for no other reason that they will do your body real good!

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Wheatgrass

A superfood typically ground up and consumed in liquid form, Wheatgrass cleans toxins from the body, and it’s considered healthier than almost any other vegetable you could eat.

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Marmite

This spread made from yeast extract is low in sugar, low in calories and 100% vegetarian. It’s a great source of protein plus various vitamins and minerals that help break down carbohydrates, proteins and fats to deliver you energy, as well as promote a healthy nervous and digestive system.

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Cod liver oil

Loaded with Vitamins A and D, cod liver oil helps alleviate symptoms of arthritis, various body aches and can even lessen pains associated with MS.

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Kimchee

One serving of this fermented cabbage contains a full days worth of Vitamin C, as well as carotene and dietary fiber. But one of the highest benefits could be the healthy bacteria that aid digestion.

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Calf liver

Loaded with vitamins A and B, this delicacy has been shown to reduce the frequency and severity of migraine headaches, which, as those who suffer from them know, is worth slurping down this odd dish for.

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Arame

This sea vegetable is collected off the coast of Japan and is loaded with vitamins and minerals. Arame has been shown to strengthen nails and hair, and improve complexion. Add it to a salad or soup.

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Beef brains

One 100-g serving of this (admittedly nauseating) dish can provide one-fifth of your daily protein needs, without adding high amounts of fat. It’s popular amongst those on a low carb diet who need to eat large amounts of meat protein but want to keep fat intake low.

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Blood pudding

Made from the dried blood of pigs or cows, this UK-popular dish tastes like sausage. Blood pudding contains “heam,” the type of iron absorbed most readily by the body, making it a strong defense against anemia.

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Amaranth

A grain with a higher fiber content than wheat, Amaranth provides potassium, Vitamins A and C, and iron. It’s easy on the digestive system so it’s popular amongst those recovering from sickness.

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Kohlrabi

A cousin of cabbage and broccoli, this funny looking veggie looks like a turnip and is often a light green or purple color with white stripes. Great in salads or stir-fries, Kohlrabi packs a lot of Vitamin C, potassium and cancer-fighting phytochemicals.

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Raw catfish nuggets

Find them at your seafood counter. These are loaded with protein, phosphorous and selenium—a mineral essential to your health by helping build crucial antioxidant enzymes.

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Chicken liver

It’s not only to be consumed in pate style. Chicken liver packs in a lot of iron, Vitamins A and B12, plus Folate which promotes fertility and Selenium which keeps your thyroid healthy.

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Hemp milk

This morning beverage alternative is full of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, iron, calcium and other minerals, vitamins and acids.

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Millet

Don’t be embarrassed just because it’s found in bird feed. Millet is gluten free, chock full of magnesium, Magnese, fiber and phytic acid and totally safe for humans. Magnese promotes the development of connective tissue, bones and sex hormones in the body.

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  • Zumba Queen

    Just lost my appetite after seeing calf liver, beef brains, and blood pudding. I’ll stick to taking Acai supplements, drinking green tea, eating fresh fruits and vegetables! Thank you!

  • Clara

    Oh my. I know a lot of people in America would give those items a crazy side eye, but many people outside America eat those things and are super healthy. Don’t tell me what I’m eating and I’d probably eat that if served properly