Foods That Are Good For You

It has been an age old discussion of which food items are good for human health, which are better, which are must-have’s and which should be avoided. Well, everyone’s tastes and preferences are different, everyone comes from a different culture and background (this dictates what we eat and what we should eat to a great extent).

Over the past few years, we’ve learned so much about the tremendous role that foods play in fighting diseases and our overall health. Studies have shown beyond question that diet has a huge impact on our bodies and how they function. What we eat affects the strength of our immune system, our ability to fight cancer and other diseases, the health of our heart & organs; our mental clarity, the strength of our bones & teeth, the quality of our sleep, the health of our skin and hair.

But primarily, worldwide, research states that certain foods are “super foods” This means they are packed with nutrients, and if you consume them, chances of good health are much more.

* Time and again we hear that anything with color is good for your health. Well, “Green” tops the charts. Broccoli is packed with nutrients and is a super food for the vegetarian diet. If you do not like it, try Kale, Bok Choy, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, etc. To retain their goodness and the vibrant color, try cooking it with as fewer spices/flavorings in a steamer as possible. Eating raw (salad with a dash of salt or lemon) is the best!

* Oats are another super food which is a great source of soluble and insoluble fiber, proteins and vitamins for your body. They are great for your heart, and best had at breakfast. If you do not like them alone, add them to stews, soups, muffins, cakes, etc.

* Berries, especially Blueberries are full of antioxidants and one of the rare sources of Vitamin K. You can make a nice dish from strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, etc. and have them for your breakfast.

* Red Meat, if had in measured quantities, is a super food for your health because it is full of proteins. It is a good source of iron, especially for women. Lamb is a rat source of iron and zinc, and essentially it is great for your immune system. Offals (internal organs like liver) are also a great source of nutrients but should be avoided by pregnant women. If you want more Omega 3 fats, then opt for Salmon or few other seafood items in your diet. Of course, when it comes to red or white meat, always ask a doctor for any medical conditions.

* If you are a vegetarian and want Omega 3 fats, opt for any nut, especially walnuts.

Eating a balanced diet is essential. Immaterial of whether you are a vegetarian or a non-vegetarian, every vitamin and nutrient should be consumed. Consult your doctor before starting any diet schedule!

There is no question that by themselves, these key foods benefit our overall health. But when they are combined with one another, along with regular hydration (drinking water) and even minimal exercise – the results can be spectacular.

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