The 11 Healthiest Foods for the Planet

Tread more lightly on the planet, and rack up a few nutrition bonus points while you do.

By Emily Main and Leah Zerbe

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11 best foods for the planetWild Boar

Benefit for Your Body: Wild boar is chock-full of vitamin B, which can help ward off depression and just, in general, keep you in a good mood. A 3-ounce serving provides more than 70 percent of the recommended amounts of niacin, a B vitamin that lowers bad cholesterol and boosts the good, and thiamine and B6, two vitamins that boost your energy levels. It’s also rich in zinc, which fortifies your immune system.

Planetary Perk: They may have “wild” in their name, but they’re definitely not endangered. These stealthy Eurasian natives are invasive to the United States, and they number in the millions. The menacing hogs crash through forests, scarfing up acorns that could have one day become mighty oak trees and ripping out precious forest-floor flora, including endangered native plants that keep the ecosystem healthy and able to support life. They’re no friends to farms, either. One report found they are responsible for up to 40 percent of sugarcane destruction on Southern farms.

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