These are ten foods that every diet should include if you want to live a long and healthy life.
Olive oil is rich in antioxidants and should be used in place of butter or sunflower oil during food preparation. Research has shown that regular olive oil intake can decrease the chance of heart attacks, diabetes and even some cancers. I do believe however, that even this wonder food should be used in moderation.
The wonderful thing about garlic is that it can be added to any meal and make it taste absolutely amazing. This food product contains vitamin C and B6, which all helps in fighting germs in the body. By eating garlic regularly, it is said that it can protect the body against cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
The Sea has not only provided us with beauty and entertainment, but also one of the best sources of omega 3, which has given us so many health benefits. Fish is one of the healthiest foods to eat and gives us protection against heart disease by promoting good circulation; it also helps with arthritis and even stroke. In particular, salmon is extremely healthy and is said to be one of the best fish to eat. Fish should be eaten at least once a week.
Tomatoes are high in vitamins A and C. They can be eaten cold and warm, therefore be sure to use them as often as possible. Studies have shown that tomatoes are great for fighting cancer in general.
Spinach is also an antioxidant that flushes toxins out of the body. This food can be added to salads and adds great flavours to stir-fries. For women, it is important to know that spinach can reduce the chances of getting breast cancer.
If you ever feel tempted to eat something unhealthy during your breaks at work, rather snack on a handful of nuts. It is packed with protein which strengthens your bones. Nuts can be grated in salads, soups and even roasted with your other vegetables.
Avocados are actually a very fatty food, although, it is the good type of fat that you want in your body. They contain potassium to control blood pressure and heart disease. Rather eat half and avocado every day instead of chocolates.
Apples have been proven to lower cholesterol levels; it lowers bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol. Your cholesterol can be lowered by 10% by adding just one apple a day to your diet.
Berries contain some of the highest traces of antioxidants than any other food. They can repair cells and tissues in the body, therefore, preventing varicose veins, peptic ulcers, cancer, cataracts and heart disease. Berries can be stored in your freezer and added to smoothies and yoghurt.
A good hearty bowl of oats first thing in the morning is just about the best thing you can do for yourself. If you have diabetes or cholesterol, this should be the first thing to add to your diet. By consuming one bowl a day of oats can lower your cholesterol levels by 8 – 20%.
Nicole de Freitas loves to keep healthy by taking regular health supplements and excercising!
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