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


11 best foods for the planetShade-grown Coffee

Benefit for Your Body: Antioxidant-loaded coffee is rich in cell-protecting choline and potassium, and chemicals contained in the beans have been shown to affect your metabolism in a way that wards off diabetes. Choosing shade-grown offers even more protection. Shade-grown coffee helps preserve the rain-forest canopy, which pulls carbon from the air and stores it in the soil so it never reaches the atmosphere, where it would contribute to the greenhouse effect. Dealing with climate change will help tone down allergies, Lyme disease, and West Nile virus, ailments all worsening as the climate heats up.

Planetary Perk: Look for the gold standard—Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center's Bird-Friendly seal. This means farmers grew coffee organically in 100-percent shade-grown conditions, not just mitigating climate change, but also saving precious wintering grounds for some of your favorite migratory birds.

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