Sunday, September 12, 2010

10 Surprisingly Healthy Foods

Sometimes I have to convince my friends that some foods are healthy for you in order to get them to eat it, so I researched a bit and found this fun article from the Cooking Light website, revealed by Katherine Brooking, MS, RD.

1. Mushrooms
According to Katherine Brooking, mushrooms are the only vegetable source of vitamin D and mushrooms like white portabella and crimini are good sources of vitamin B, like riboflavin and niacin.

Pork can be a healthy choice for protein and is great source of vitamin B, such as niacin, riboflavin, thiamin, and B-6(pyridoxine). Just be sure to trim off the fat!

Okay. Who doesn't love chocolate? And guess what, it's good for your body too. Why? Small portions of dark chocolate may reduce high blood pressure and reduce bad cholesterol known as LDL. It also boosts insulin sensitivity, so it also helps reduce the risk of diabetes.

Katherine Brooking emphasizes the key to knowing the healthies cuts of meat. She says beef tenderloin is rich in protein and vitamin B12 and is a good source for selenium, zinc, iron, phosphorus, and B vitamins.

She also says one egg contains 13 essential vitamins and minerals, high-quality proteins, and healthy unsaturated fats for just 75 calories. If we watch our cholesterol, eggs can be a very healthy source of protein.

Coffee is my favorite drink ever! Her studies show that drinking coffee regularly may reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease, colon cancer, diabetes, and even headaches. Even other scientists believe that coffee may play a role in memory improvement and decreasing the risk of Type 2 diabetes, but drinking too much coffee (more than 3 cups per day) could be poison to your body.

Her research indicates that turmeric and cinnamon are among those studied by for their potential disease-fighting compounds. Preliminary studies have shown that curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric powder, may carry a broad range of anti-inflammatory and potential cancer-fighting properties.

Her research shows that pistachios offer more than 30 different vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, including lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants associated with a reduced risk of age-related macular degeneration. Pistachios are one of the nuts lowest in calories and fat, so you don't have to worry about calories.

I used to hate avocados, but what she's saying is fascinating to me. While avocados are high in fat, most of it is “heart healthy” mono and polyunsaturated fat. One-fifth of a medium-sized avocado has about 50 calories, but it containing nearly 20 vitamins and minerals. It's not bad at all.

One medium-sized potato (with skin) has just 160 calories and is one of the best sources of potassium and fiber in the produce section.

Eating too much of anything is bad for you. If you prepare it well and watch what you're putting in your stomach, it could turn into healthy, nutritious, and inexpensive meal for you and it taste just so good, right?

Original text by Katherube Brooking, Original article can be found from here.

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