You will find these 10 foods in your cupboard or at the local grocery store and should be added to your menu. These ten foods to keep you healthy are not listed as a miracle cure, they are just foods you might already be eating and some you might have thought weren’t healthy.
Here is a list of common foods you might want to start eating more regularly.
Peanut Butter. Yes, peanut butter. The food we have loved since we were kids contains healthy fats and is associated with decreasing total cholesterol and lowering LDL and triglyceride levels. And the good news, it satisfies which means you don’t have to eat the whole jar!
Cabbage. Did you know that Europeans and Asians eat more cabbage that we do in North America? Cabbage is low in calories and high in nutrition. It even contains some cancer fighting enzymes.
Quinoa. This tiny grain which isn’t a grain, is actually related to spinach, beets and Swiss chard. It is full of good nutritional value with protein, minerals, vitamins and fiber.
Spelt. This is a grain. If you are gluten intolerant this grain is for you. Spelt bread and cookies can be found in most bakeries.
Walnuts. This is the king of the nut family. It has been used in Chinese medicine for hundreds of years. Did you know that eating walnuts after a meal containing bad fat will reduce the damaging effects of the meal?
Avocado. My favorite. This little green fruit is high in cancer fighting antioxidants and phytonutrients that may also help the absorption of the nutrients from other foods sources.
Mushrooms. Speaking of phytonutrients, mushrooms are loaded with antioxidants and are thought to boost the immune system, help ward off some cancers and are high in potassium.
Tea. This beverage, which has been around for centuries, is healthier than coffee because it doesn’t contain as much caffeine. Tea is high in antioxidants, more so than coffee. Here’s a little bit of information: a study found that elderly women who drank tea had 2.8 percent more bone mineral density at the hip than non-tea drinkers.
Cinnamon. Considered little more than a spice, cinnamon has been long prized and offers a host of benefits. People with type 2 diabetes who consumed one gram a day for six weeks, significantly reduced their blood sugar, triglycerides and LDL cholesterol.
Natto. Never heard of it, right? Natto is fermented soybeans and is enjoyed in Japan. Nearly all soybeans offered in North American are non-fermented, but there are many healthy benefits to fermented soybeans including having antibiotic properties. It has been associated with reducing the risk of cancer, minimizing the risk of blood clotting, aids digestion, increases blood circulation, improves the immune system and bone density and lessons the risk of heart attacks. Natto can even help create better skin and reduce the chance of balding.
These ten foods to keep you healthy are just the beginning. There are many other foods that are good for you and along with some exercise will help you stay health.