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5 of the Healthiest Foods in the World

In June, we asked some of our favorite medical and nutritional experts to nominate their picks for the healthiest foods of all time. But with only room for 50 foods on the final list, a few nominees were left on the editing room floor. And you noticed! We combed the comments for your suggestions of other nominees for more of the healthiest foods in the world. Here are five of our favorite suggestsions, all backed up with expert opinions.

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Black Pepper

Black pepper, which comes from the Piper nigrum plant, has been linked with health benefits ranging from fighting bacteria, to helping the digestive system, WebMD reports.

Plus, a recent study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry shows that pipeline in black pepper—which is the compound responsible for its spicy taste—could impact the production of fat cells by affecting gene activity, HuffPost UK reported.

Basil

The iron-packed herb, popularly used in Italian and Thai cooking alike, can help to quell anxiety and even fight against zit-causing bacteria when applied to the skin.

Animal studies have also suggested that basil could play a role as an anti-inflammatory, painkiller and antioxidant, Andrew Weil, M.D, writes on his website.

Chili Peppers

Do yourself a favor and turn up the heat! The compound responsible for a hot pepper's kick, capsaicin, can fight diabetes and cancer and may even promote weight loss, according to WebMD.

Black Rice

Like brown rice, black rice is packed with iron and fiber because the bran cover that is removed to make rice white remains on the grain, FitSugar explains. This darker version has even more vitamin E and contains more antioxidants than blueberries!

Apricots

This sweet orange-hued fruit is loaded with potassium, fiber and vitamins A and C, as well as beta-carotene and lycopene.

And while fresh apricots contain lots of potassium, the dried version actually contains more of the nutrient than the fresh version, according to the New York Times.

Research has also suggested that apricots could help to decrease liver cancer risk because of their levels of vitamin E, the Daily Mail reports.

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