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Healthy Foods for Your Kitchen

Jan. 24, 2014|194 views

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I tend to buy healthy foods/snacks to avoid the temptation to indulge in bad food. As a parent of small children influenced by society/TV, it is my responsibility to enforce good eating habits. I am sure you are all too familiar with the over loads of junk in your local grocery stores. Start with small changes. You don’t have to go conquer the whole world right away to notice changes in your body. Start by doing the following:

Read labels. If a product contains MSG, which can also be listed as yeast extract, anything “hydrolyzed,” hydrolyzed protein, calcium caseinate, sodium caseinate, yeast food, yeast nutrient, or autolyzed yeast, do not buy it. Go through your kitchen cabinets. If you see this ingredient in your food, toss it. I know it’s hard, but why poison yourself?

Every kitchen should stock certain foods to ensure optimal health in the home. There are many candidates, but here are some foods that are nutritional superstars. They’re listed in no particular order, and the list is far from exhaustive. It’s just a guideline to get you started.

Greek yogurt, or kefir. These are excellent sources of calcium. For those who may be lactose intolerant, keep in mind that most yogurt contains very little of the milk sugar that gives lactose-intolerant tummies problems. Look for brands that contain no added sugar. Both supply helpful probiotics.

Kale or spinach. Kale is one of the most nutritious dark green leafy vegetables on the planet. It’s a great source of cancer-fighting sulfur based compounds, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Spinach is famous for iron, but it also contains chemicals that fight eye disease.

Nuts of all kinds are superfoods. Almonds, for instance, are superb for snacking. Although relatively high in calories, emerging evidence suggests that not all of those calories are absorbed. They also contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Research shows that snacking on nuts is associated with better appetite control and enhanced weight loss.

Spices. Turmeric, cumin, cayenne pepper, oregano, cinnamon—they all contain potent chemicals that are beneficial to various aspects of health. Oregano, for example, contains dozens of compounds, many of which are anti-inflammatory. Turmeric has potent cancer-fighting antioxidants. Cinnamon helps regulate blood sugar, which may help prevent diabetes.

Berries. Colorful foods in general contain natural pigment compounds that are linked to a host of health benefits. Berries contain ellagic acid, a potent cancer fighter, and anthocyanins—a collection of antioxidant compounds that fight oxidative stress and reduce the risk of heart disease, among other good things.
Grapes and cherries. These are nature’s perfect snack foods. Both contain compounds that have been linked to reduced inflammation, decreased heart disease risk and stronger immune system function.
What are some of the challenges you are facing with your weekly shopping trips?

 

Tags:  health tips, cancer risks, chemicals beware
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