Saturday, March 26, 2011

Want to Know the Six Most Ideal Foods to Eat?


Well, there is substance between that old saying that an apple a day keeps the doctor away.  A fresh apple can provide about five grams of dietary fiber and is a great source of antioxidants like quercetin to keep you healthy.

Beans are another helpful food to consider.  Cooking with dried beans is high in protein and fiber, but low in fat.  Eat them regularly and you may also protect yourself from breast cancer and heart disease.  They also will keep you regular.  Furthermore, you'll lose weight if you learn to cook with them and eat bean meals as I keep encouraging. 

Oats are also one of the nearly perfect foods to include in your diet.  Eating oatmeal or oat bran contains high levels of beta-glucan, a soluble fiber, helpful to stabilize blood sugar levels while lowering your bad cholesterol. 

Canned tomatoes (the kind without salt) are richer in the lycopene, the powerful antioxidant  that safeguards heart health and cancer prevention, than fresh tomatoes.

Dark chocolate is another super food with all the fantastic antioxidants it contains.  If you can manage to eat a little square per day, you can improve circulation and reduce your blood pressure.

Also, be sure to eat those sweet potatoes.  Just eating one can provide you with enough beta-carotene for the entire day.  It also has vitamin C and potassium. 

2 comments:

Madison, abigail, lisa said...

great tips, thank you! I think I will eat the dark chocolate LOL for my Beta Carotene.
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Fiona said...

Mary, I love that you've promoted common, cheap (except maybe the chocolate) foods that are super good for us.

These days so called superfoods are highly promoted, but do we really have to spend the big bucks on exotic berries, etc, or can we get just as much nutrients from foods that are easily available, affordable and grown in our own country?

Families without a lot of money can eat healthy if they spend their food bucks on foods like these rather than junk like chips and pop which everyone knows are not good for us...it's not rocket science.