Healthy Foods You Should Eat Everyday

Chickpeas

Chickpeas

Chickpeas are rich in fiber and folate, low in cholesterol and have a number of nutritional values. It also contains a number of minerals such as iron, zinc, copper, manganese, phosphorous and molybdenum, needed by the body.

Chia Seeds

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are produced by a unique flowering plant, which belongs to the mint family, is native to Guatemala and Mexico. In fact, history suggests that these seeds have been an important food in the Aztec & Mayan diets for many centuries now. Currently, chia seeds have drawn the interest of numerous individuals because of its many health benefits & uses in cooking. Chia seeds are a rich source of antioxidants and nutrients. Plus they can be easily consumed in various ways including roasting & grinding them into a unique floor which is referred to as chianpinolli which is made into tamales, tortilla and beverages. Traditionally the roasted chia seeds were used as gruel which is referred to as Pinole. Chia Benefits Rich Source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids These small, white or black colored, oval shaped seeds are a very rich source of poly-unsaturated fatty acids especially the omega-3 fatty acids even more that the flax seeds. Their lipid profile is actually composed of more than 60% omega-3s, which makes them the best plant-based source of these unique fatty acids- ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) to be precise. These seeds come packed with these fatty acids, which is almost 5 grams in an ounce of serving. These omega-3s can help lower inflammation while enhancing cognitive performance & reducing high cholesterol in your body. Research has shown that the conversion of chia’s omega-3s into food or plasma is way better than that of flax seeds. Protects Healthy Cells From Damage These seeds are rich in different types of antioxidants which help protect our body from aging, cancer and free radicals. This is actually the main reason why these seeds can stay very fresh for a really long time. Some of the antioxidant present in chia seeds include: a. Quercetin Studies have shown that this antioxidant can boost energy, fitness and endurance in healthy individuals. It can increase the energy supply into your muscle and brain cells. Quercetin can protect your body against various chronic illnesses like lung cancer, prostate cancer, heart disease, asthma, type-2 diabetes and cerebrovascular disease among other illnesses. b. Chlorogenic acid This antioxidant has anti-cancer properties which helps prevent the growth of certain brain-tumors....

Barley

Barley

Barley is a great cereal grain that is rich in bran and fiber. It is low in calories and heavily packed with vitamins and nutrients that are of great importance to us, but very few people know of its numerous health and beauty benefits to our bodies.

Almonds

Almonds

With the type of food we consume today, it’s no wonder that most people are dying young due to lifestyle diseases that are totally avoidable. Processed and ready to eat food coupled with lack of exercise and busy schedules form the perfect mix for diseases that render our lives miserable. All is not lost, however, as people only need to turn to age old organic foods like almonds. This nut has been around since the time of writing the Bible and it’s most abundant and fresh in midsummer. Almond Benefits Lowers LDL Cholesterol and Promotes a Healthy Heart Almonds contain high levels of monounsaturated fats similar to those found in olive oil. These fats aid in the reduction of the risk of getting heart diseases. This risk reduction is also improved by the vitamin E present in almonds that works as an antioxidant. The risk reduced when the nuts were used in place of carbohydrates and it further reduced when the fats in the nuts was used as a substitute for those present in dairy and meat products. Studies have shown that consumption of almonds lowers LDL cholesterol greatly. For more lowering of this bad cholesterol, almonds can be taken with other fruits and foods which individually lower LDL. The high levels of magnesium in the nut is useful as it makes veins and arteries relax thus allowing easier blood flow reducing heart attack risk. Almonds are rich in potassium which promotes healthy nervous transmissions and aids smooth contraction of muscles. This electrolyte maintains normal blood pressure and promotes the well being of the heart. Helps to Lose Weight Studies show that people who eat almonds in plenty and use its fat to cook lose weight quickly compared to those who take a little of it and use other fats. This is because its fats are monounsaturated and are essential for the body. These fats also provide the same number of calories and protein as carbohydrates therefore one remains healthy. Almonds also boost one’s appetite for healthy foods meaning one can maintain their weight loss easily. The manganese, riboflavin and copper present in the nut enable higher energy production which is necessary when it...

Walnuts

Walnuts

Walnuts are considered to be one of the healthiest types of food available to man. It contains several nutrients that make it an ideal snack for people who want to live a healthier life. More and more researchers are convinced that walnuts when consumed in whole form could provide a number of benefits to the human body including the skin. Walnuts Benefits High Presence of Vitamin E Eating walnuts will introduce the presence of Vitamin E in the body. The benefits of Vitamin E will include solving heart problems; it reduces the chances of a heart attack and blocking of arteries. Proper amount of vitamin E in the body could also help people fight the possibility of getting diabetes. It also helps prevent cancer especially oral cancer in smokers including colorectal cancer and the chances of polyps from growing in the intestines. Others also make use of Vitamin E to cure diseases of the brain and the nervous system like Parkinson’s disease as well as restless leg syndrome and epilepsy. The form of vitamin E present in walnuts is in high concentration, the vitamin E in walnuts are not just in the form of alpha-tocopherol but are also in a high level form of gamma tocopherol making it even more effective in fighting disease. Rich in Antioxidants Walnuts are good to consume, they provide much needed antioxidants inside the body. It can improve the levels of melatonin a substance that helps the body by becoming free radical eradicator. It helps the body combat inflammation inside the body and helps the proper functioning of the thymus gland, an essential part in making sure that the immune system will work out well. Melatonin that is often produced with the help of eating walnuts or having a diet rich in walnuts can help the brain decrease aging. It can help rejuvenate the brain. Helps People Lose Weight Contrary to some beliefs that walnuts make you fat, it actually helps a person feel full longer. A person who feels full for a longer period of time will have lesser chances of overeating. An ounce of walnut contains 4g of protein, 2.5g of omega 3 fatty acids and 2g...

Lentils

Lentils

Lentils are a type of legumes that are related to beans, peanuts and dried peas (those that have been split) but they are not as sweet as them. It is believed that their origin is in the Near East (India) and is likely to be among the first crops domesticated there. Today, they are grown in most parts of the world and have a variety colors (green, brown and black). Benefits of Lentils Lentils are very nutritious and their protein content is very high (26%). Aside from that, they also have many minerals and vitamins i.e. calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous as well as vitamins B9, B1, C & E. 1. Prevents cancer Lentils are very rich in a certain class of antioxidants referred to as flavones (also found in peas). This antioxidant plays a big role in reducing the risk breast cancer according to studies that were conducted at Harvard School of Public Health. This has not been confirmed though. 2. Prevents cardiovascular disease As mentioned earlier, lentils are rich in fiber that is responsible for the prevention of coronary diseases. This is because fiber reduces cholesterol levels in the blood thus lowering the amount of plaque deposited on arterial wall. This reduces the risks of stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. The folic acid and magnesium present in lentils are also responsible for the health of your heart. Magnesium ensures that there is smooth blood flow allowing more oxygen & nutrients to easily be carried to the body organs. Folic acid on the other hand lowers homocysteine levels on the heart and the arteriole wall which would otherwise be dangerous. 3. Improves digestion Lentils help to improve digestion thus preventing constipation and other digestion related problems. They also help in both the treatment and the prevention of diverticulosis (a condition that affects the colon wall i.e. formation of small pouches resulting from straining). 4. Reduces cholesterol This is possible due to a soluble fiber which is found in lentils. This is because the fiber binds the low density lipoprotein hence lowering the level of cholesterol. In addition, it has also been proven that lentils lower the manufacture of cholesterol by the liver thus...

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