Some of these foods are obviously healthy but some may come as a surprise, or at least some of the benefits might. I’ve been doing a lot of research lately and I’ve learned that foods can affect the human body in unexpected ways.
For instance, monounsaturated fatty acids are heart-healthy, disease fighting fats that are good for you. These fats are found in things like almonds, peanut butter, olive oil, avocados and dark chocolate. And eating these fats can actually help your body to eliminate more dangerous fats and keep you slimmer. The trick is to eat these healthy fats frequently, in small amounts and to avoid saturated (bad) fats.
Oils – Canola, safflower, sesame, soybean, walnut, flaxseed, sunflower, olive and peanut oils are monounsaturated fats which can help lower cholesterol and boost the immune system. They help your body fight against obesity, cancer, heart disease and high blood pressure.
Nuts and Seeds (also natural peanut butter and other natural nut butters) – Contain protein, monounsaturated fats, vitamin E, fiber, magnesium, folate and phosphorus. They help to fight obesity, heart disease, muscle loss, wrinkles, cancer and high blood pressure. Eating just a couple ounces per day can help reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol.
Avocados – They contain monounsaturated fat, fiber, vitamin K, potassium, folate, lutein, and beta-sitosterol. Adding avocado to your food can help maintain healthy eyes, keep cholesterol low, and protect your heart.
Dark Chocolate – Rich in flavanols, copper, magnesium, potassium, calcium and iron. Boosts good HDL cholesterol, helps control insulin levels, relax blood vessels, lower blood pressure and lower risk of cardiovascular disease.
Beans and Legumes – It may not be surprising that they are healthy, but some of their benefits might be. These foods help to build muscle, burn fat, and regulate digestion. They help fight obesity, colon cancer, heart disease, and high blood pressure.
Greens – Are obviously healthy but here are some reasons why. They contain vitamins, such as A, C, K, folate, calcium, magnesium, fiber, and beta-carotene. They neutralize free radicals and help fight against cancer, heart disease, stroke, obesity, osteoporosis.
Of course, we shouldn’t be eating just these foods but it’s a good idea to incorporate them and eliminate things like trans fats, artificial sweeteners and excessive saturated fats.
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