The Good Foods
Healthy foods – Healthy bodies
Certain foods are particularly healthy to the human body, such as fruit,vegetables, nuts and fish.
Studies have proven that orange coloured vegetables such as carrots are good food for the eyes. Blueberries and walnuts are excellent brain food, while a handful of nuts a day gives a good supply of protein. Fruit gives energy from the natural ingredient of sugar they contain. Regularly eating one to three fruits each day will give you a life change and a steady supply of energy throughout your working hours.
Tip: Don’t overcook green or orange coloured vegetables as they will lose much of their goodness. Better underdone than over.
Fish, particularly fish high in oil such as salmon, mackerel and tuna are a great source of Omega 3 as well as nut oil. Omega 3 can cut a build up of plaque, a major contributor of heart attacks and strokes, in the arteries. It also reduces pain and inflammation in the joints of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis sufferers.
As well as a good source of protein, nuts have many other health benefits. Hazelnuts, for example, help to manage type 2 diabetes; Pistachios are a good source of vitamin B6, which can lift your mood. Almonds are an excellent source of fibre, rich in vitamin E and help the immune system. Walnuts fight inflammation as well as being good brain food.
Cashew nuts are rich in iron and zinc, good for the eyes and the immune system.
Pecan nuts help lower the LDL cholesterol levels. Brazil nuts are said to help prevent certain forms of cancer, including bone, prostate, and breast cancer.
Eat no more than a few Brazil nuts a day as too many are not good for you. All other nuts it’s safe to have a small handful. Peanuts did not get a mention as being a good nut as people love them salted and that is a no-no. Peanuts have the same beneficial chemicals as strawberries, researchers have found. The problem is we tend to eat too many at one sitting