As we all know eating a balanced diet is essential to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Often we are so concerned with trying to cram as many ‘super-foods’ into our mouths that we overlook the nutritional benefits of everyday food. There are so many food that we eat all the time that provide us with vitamins, antioxidants, fibre and the list goes on; so instead of spending three times as much on the newest supplement why not take a look at the list below and see what you think?
Commonly associated with caffeine the health benefits of the average cup of coffee is completely overlooked. Which is odd when research has shown that it reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes; as well reducing the risk of Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and heat disease. In fact a study by Harvard has found that men who drink six cups of coffee a day have a 20% reduction in their risk of developing prostate cancer.
Those little known benefit is go hand in hand with the more famous ones that coffee has like increased focus, memory performance and an increased muscle recovery. So next time you get offered a coffee don’t turn it down because it isn’t ‘healthy’.
The great thing about berries Is that they can be used in or on pretty much anything you fancy; try sprinkling a few on top of your cereal or what about making a smoothie? The options are endless. But berries don’t just taste nice they also contain loads of helpful nutrients like polyphenols.
Polyphenols help to reduce inflammation in our body which is especially good news for those who suffer from arthritis. Berries have also been proven to improve our memories as well reducing the risk of heart disease and breast cancer. So instead of buying the standard apple grab some berries!
When we were younger I’m sure we were all told to “eat our greens”, and at the time I’m sure we didn’t see the point. But now I can see why eating them is so important and one of my favourites is spinach.
Jammed full of vitamins B, C and E this lovely leaf is precisely what you should put in your salad or on your pizza. Also containing iron, calcium and omega-3 there is very little wrong with spinach. After all if it’s good enough for Popeye then it’s good enough for us.
Tomatoes are a huge part of world cooking from Chinese cuisine to Mexican you will find tomatoes. Not only do they taste great they, like the other foods on this list, have loads of health benefits that you may not know about.
Perhaps surprisingly the nutrients found within tomatoes are more readily absorbed by the body if they are cooked or processed. Tomatoes contain lycopene which is one of the most powerful antioxidants; it has been shown to reduce the risk of prostate cancer as well as numerous benefits for the skin such as decrease appearance of wrinkles and helping to prevent sunburn.
Josh writes for XXPress PCR an innovative biotechnology company in the UK.