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 planetFlax

Benefit for Your Body: Flax seed is loaded with fiber and cancer-fighting magnesium, and adding just 2 tablespoons of ground seed to things like oatmeal, salads, or smoothies also provides a fast and easy dose of brain-boosting vitamin B1. The 8th century European ruler Charlemagne thought the health benefits of flax so great, he passed laws requiring his subjects to eat it!

Planetary Perk: Used for both food and fiber, flax crops don’t require irrigation or heavy chemical pesticide and fertilizer use.

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