5 Foods With Amazing Health Benefits
There isn’t a doctor or other health expert anywhere who won’t tell you about how good fruits and veggies are for you. Many of them fall into what are referred to as super foods because their positive impact on our health is so incredible: a diet high in these super produce can lower your risk for heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and osteoporosis. Even so—with the exception of tomatoes and yucca—it seems us Latinos tend to skimp more on vegetales than other ethnic groups. So if the consumption of fruits and veggies leaves much to be desired by you, your niños or anyone else you love, read on. Here are five produce picks with some amazing health benefits.
Sweet and fleshy, eating mangoes can feel more indulgent than healthy. But a study from Oklahoma State University found that the fruit can actually help reduce body fat. Researchers found that after two months, the test subjects (mice) whose diets were comprised of 1-10% mango (freeze dried and ground into powder) had less body fat, lower cholesterol and more stable blood sugar.
Eat more! You can’t go wrong by eating mango ripe from the skin. For a change dice them and add them to salsa or your favorite salad.
When it comes to health benefits, berries are like the kitchen sink of the fruit family–they do everything from preventing obesity and lowering insulin levels, to fighting heart disease and high blood pressure. What’s more, a study found that berries may help to clear toxins from the brain.
Eat more! Savor them as is or sprinkle them over your breakfast foods–yogurt, pancakes, and oatmeal, for example. Got leftovers? Pop them in the fridge for a quick and simple snack.
Too little vitamin D in your system can increase your risk for obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and certain cancers. On the flip side, adequate levels of vitamin D improve muscle strength and help muscles work more efficiently, by boosting energy from within cells. Mushrooms just so happen to come loaded with the nutrient, and are perfect for sun-deprived folks. Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine found that eating sun-drenched mushrooms for 12 weeks was just as effective at raising blood vitamin D levels as taking a supplement.
Eat more! From omelets to arroz con pollo, mushrooms are the perfect add-in for almost any dinnertime meal. You could even swap your usual side of rice or potatoes for marinated button mushrooms.
We know that grapes are a fruit favorite because they’re so juicy, sweet and easy to eat. But did you know that they are also packed with antioxidants that help to slash heart disease risk? And it doesn’t stop there. A study from the University of Michigan found that eating a mixture of black, green and red grapes may boost antioxidant defenses and reduce inflammation.
Eat more! Nosh on grapes from the vine or sprinkle them on top of meat or whole grains like quinoa or wild rice.
Rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and natural detoxers, new studies show that beets may help slow cancer growth and improve athletic performance. Researchers found that people with high blood pressure who drank about eight ounces of beetroot juice a day experienced a 10 point drop in blood pressure.
Eat more! Peel them, grate them, and add to garden salads or slaw. Or eat them chopped and grilled with rosemary balsamic vinegar.
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