Each month at HuffPost Healthy Living, we compile lists of the most in-season, fresh superfoods -- this June, for instance, we celebrated figs, zucchini and apricots, among others. But these monthly articles got us thinking -- what are some of the healthiest foods generally, despite the season?
And so we turned to some of our favorite medical and nutritional experts to come up with this list of 50 of the healthiest foods, presented alphabetically. Pad your grocery list with these and you'll be on your way to a healthier, more vibrant diet. Of course, even as we editors finished the list, we started thinking of more ("How could carrots not be on the list?" "What about black pepper?"). So we plan to follow up with a second list of healthy foods. Let us know in the comments which of your favorites we skipped and they could appear soon.
Read on, but first -- meet our expert panel:
•Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald, HuffPost Wellness Editor
•Dr. David Katz, HuffPost blogger and founding director of Yale University's Prevention Research Center
•Joy L. Bauer, M.S., R.D., C.D.N., founder of Joy Bauer Nutrition Centers and the nutrition expert on the "Today!" show
•Cheryl Forberg, R.D., HuffPost blogger, James Beard award-winning chef and former nutritionist for "The Biggest Loser"
•Lisa R. Young, Ph.D., R.D., C.D.N., HuffPost blogger, adjunct professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University and the author of "The Portion Teller Plan"
•Eric L. Ding, HuffPost blogger, nutritionist, epidemiologist, and faculty member at Harvard School of Public Health, Department of Nutrition
•Elisa Zied, M.S., R.D., C.D.N., Founder/President, Zied Health Communications, LLC
•Rachel K. Johnson, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., American Heart Association spokesperson and in-coming Chair of the AHA Nutrition Committee, and professor of medicine at the University of Vermont
•Connie Diekman, M.Ed, R.D., L.D., FADA, Director of University Nutrition, Washington University in St. Louis
•Samantha Heller M.S., R.D.
•Heather Bauer, R.D., C.D.N., HuffPost Blogger and Founder of Bestowed, a nutrition and lifestyle subscription service
•Nellie Wixom, R.D., clinical instructor at the School of Nursing, and a research dietitian for the Clinical Research Center, both at the University of Rochester
•Elisabetta Politi, nutrition director of the Duke Diet & Fitness Center at Duke University
•The Penn Institute on Aging at the University of Pennsylvania