21 Jun Five of the top healthiest foods
Our food intake is a fundamental factor that decides how healthy we are. Whatever food we decide to eat will quickly show on our bodies and thus, leading a lifestyle that is fit and healthy depends on us putting some thought into what’s on our plates. In this article we have listed out five of the healthiest foods you should consume.
Kale has become a celebrated healthy vegetable over the last few years. The crunchy green, even available in Mc Donald’s today, is rich in nutrients like Vitamin A, Phosphorus, folate etc. and has about twice the amount of Vitamin C as spinach. Research has further proven that consumption of such leafy vegetables as Kale reduces chances of cardiovascular diseases, a leading cause of death. Kale can be used in smoothies and juices, tacos and salads to add a crunch to it.
Probably the king of healthy leafy vegetables, Popeye’s favourite snack quite deserves the praise bestowed upon it. Just one cup of the vegetable has almost the same amount of protein as a hardboiled egg, and just half the calories. Spinach is also rich in lutein and zeaxanthin which are antioxidants that are significant for better eye sight. Finally, it is also a great source of Vitamin A and C and also folate which protects against heart diseases. Spinach can be steamed and added to soups, pastas, omelettes and even used in delicious smoothies.
Pomegranates are rich in protein and fibre and is full of antioxidants and polyphenols like anthocyanin and tannins. This helps the fruit reduce chances of low blood pressure, build-up of plague in the arteries and also many chronic diseases. The International Journal of Obesity also states that it helps reduce weight gain. Pomegranates can be eaten the way they are or can be added to smoothies, salads and juices to boost its nutrient content.
4: DARK CHOCOLATE:
Not all chocolate is bad for your teeth, body and health in general. Cocoa and specifically dark chocolate, is rich in flavanols that help in the healthy functioning of blood vessels, and has a blood thinning effect that can boost our immune system and reduce chances of cardio vascular diseases. The best part about dark chocolate is that it as tasty as it is healthy and can be incorporated into hundreds of different dishes, or simply eaten the way it is as a yummy snack or dessert.
Salmon is one of the richest sources of omega fats that which have been credited for reducing inflammation, chances of cancer and heart disease, and lowering blood pressure. Further, fish is a good source of protein that is a nutrient essential for our body to heal after injuries, to protect health of bones and maintain muscle mass. Finally Salmon is high in Vitamin B, Potassium and Selenium which are all very beneficial to the body and our health.