In the US and the EU most of us get to eat pretty much whatever we want. We have supermarkets full to the brim with every kind of food imaginable, but increasingly people are moving away fromÂ the simple and healthy options in favor of prepackaged meals or processed delights. Whilst these modern marvels may taste good, most of them couldn’t be considered healthy, they might get the job done (just about), but in the long-term a lot of processed foods can actually cause health problems.
It’s amazing really that people don’t stop to consider they could actually get long-term health benefits from eating the right kinds of food, instead choosing to roll the dice on future heart disease and liver failure because of a gluttonous appetite for a poor diet.
Just take a look at some of the amazing benefits you can get by regularly eating the right kind of cheap and healthy superfoods:
These little red root vegetables are a great source of betaine and folate, two nutrients that work together to lower the risk of heart disease by reducing inflammation in the arteries. There are also indications that the plants betacyanins pigmentation may help increase the body’s ability to fight cancer cells.
Most people have probably only encountered Cinnamon when it’s being used as a spice on top of some kind of pastry, but actually Cinnamon is a spice which has been used as a cooking additive for thousands of years andÂ it can be added to almost anything. Cinnamon helps your body better metabolize sugar, which in turn helps to lower cholesterol.
Purslane is a green leaf vegetable most commonly used in dishes in the Mediterranean and the Far East. It makes an excellent addition to most salads and it has the highest amount of omega 3 found in any other plant. It also contains a great deal of melatonin, which is believed to be a nutrient that can help prevent cancerous cells from growing.
Unlike most superfoods Prunes aren’t avoided because people are concerned about the taste, but because they are seen as being a food for the elderly. In an attempt to make Prunes cool again marketers are now referring to them as dried plums (which they are) though still people aren’t as interested in them as they should be. Prunes are a great source of chlorogenic acids, another chemical which is thought to be key in the fight against cancer. They are also in high in fibre, which makes them a great natural way to encourage regular bowel movements and even to clear up constipation.
One of the most overlooked superfoods without a doubt has got to be the common cabbage. It’s cheap, low in calories, readily available and packed full of glutamine (which provides your body with anti inflammatory amino acids). It’s not as interesting or exotic as some of the superfoods, but as a source of indole-3-carbinol it can help prevent cancer growth and stimulate the repair of DNA.
Do you know of any great superfoods I’ve overlooked? Let me know in the comments below.
This is a guest post by Jessy Troy who blogs on Weight Loss Menus and Carb Diets