May 29, 2013 | 6:56 pm
Posted by Sima Cohen
Some people perceive food as our worst enemy. But the truth is, it can help prevent cancer, heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, osteoporosis, stroke, liver disease… and of course, it keeps us from dying of starvation. The health of your body is in direct proportion to your food choices, so it’s time to start including the following foods in your diet every single day:
They are big time power foods. Antioxidants help control free radicals, so that our cells stay a product of normal bodily functions. Antioxidant-rich foods can also reduce and prevent heart disease. So what foods are rich in antioxidants?
2. Leafy Greens
They are low in calories and rich in benefits. Check these out:
Okay, what is an omega-3? Well, it’s a “good” fatty acid that your body needs to function. And since we don’t produce them all on our own, we have to get them from foods or nutritional supplements. The following foods are rich in Omega-3s and will give you the maximum amount you need to function and lose weight:
Fiber is also a super food, meaning that when you include it in an already healthy diet, it can severely reduce your risk of encountering diseases like colon cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and digestive tract disorders. 20 grams per day is ideal, and it can be found in so many places! Fruits and vegetables with the skin on, whole grains, cereals, beans, peas and nuts, are high in fiber and a great addition to anyone’s diet.
You probably already know how critical protein is for health and weight loss. Check out these great, healthy sources of protein:
6. Chicken Breast
This lean protein is full of essential vitamins and nutrients that assist in strengthening our immune systems. It’s also reputed to be one of the safest meats available on the market. And it can be spiced up in such tasty, creative ways! Season it with spices, marinate it, and then bake it or grill it to serve and enjoy with almost any meal!
7. Monounsaturated Fats
Fat can be such a scary word, but they keep our body from starving and our brains from going insane. Monounsaturated fats contain one double-bonded carbon molecule, as opposed to the two or more in polyunsaturated fats. Saturated fats have none. Monounsaturated fats are usually liquid at room temperature and solidify when placed in the refrigerator. Monounsaturated fats, which are sometimes called omega-9 fats, come in two forms, defined by the way the molecules are configured. These two forms are known as eliadic acid and oleic acid. You can find them in these heart-healthy foods:
Let me know in the comments if this post resonated with you and if you have any questions or tips I haven’t already covered!
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