We all know that fruits, vegetables and cereals are good for the health. But it’s not enough to just include them in your daily diet. The manner by which you prepare these foods has a great impact on their health benefits. Below are some facts about foods that can help you keep a healthy and balanced diet.
1. Get sweet corn from the can
Canned sweet corn counts as one of your five a day. Scientists from the New York’s Cornell University found that the heat treatment used to process canned sweet corn increases its antioxidant contents by 44%. Such increase in the antioxidants make up for the loss of vitamin C during the processing of canned sweet corn. As many of us know, antioxidants help eliminate the free radicals in the body, lowering the risk of heart problems and cancer.
2. Set aside those sugary cereals
For decades, many people have fed their children with breakfast cereals. Everyone knows that cereals are healthy choice. Their boxes would show how much fibre, nutrients and vitamins cereals contain. But Consumer Watchdog Which? reveals its biggest downside. They found that cereals contain high amount of sugar. Even Rice Krispies for example was found to contain 10% of sugar while Kellogg’s Corn Flakes have 8%. It has been a well founded fact that too much sugar increases the risk of obesity, heart disease, cancer and diabetes. To avoid consuming high amount of sugar when eating breakfast cereals, opt for Weetabix or shredded wheat instead as they contain no other ingredient than wholegrain wheat. Add a spoonful of fruit for added flavour and nutrients.
3. Raw milk is easier to digest and has a lot of vitamins
Raw milk has very rich, luscious and tangy taste. Aside from its great flavour, it comes loaded with vitamins, probiotics, and other essential nutrients, said Steve Hook of Hook & Son, an organic dairy farm in Hailsham, East Sussex. But as to what the cow is fed with, how and where it is raised and when it is milked all play an important role in the quality and safety of raw milk. The raw mike is sold in London’s Selfridges at £3.50 per litre. A bit pricey but worth to try it.
4. Gluten-containing foods increases risk of rheumatoid arthritis
Gluten is a type of protein that is found in most grains. It’s usually present in breads, pastas, pretzels and cereal products. There are many people who suffer from gluten intolerance but they experience no side effects. Experts say that other than the usual allergic symptoms, people may develop rheumatoid arthritis. This condition causes the immune system to attack healthy tissues.
5. Don’t eat too much fried foods or else, your brain may suffer
You must have heard of this a long time ago – fried foods are less healthy. This is because frying converts stable fat to trans fat which is linked to heart diseases. But researchers from the University of the Basque in Spain found another reason for people to stay away from fried foods. On their study published in the Journal of Food Chemistry, it was found that the toxic compounds released by cooking oils when heated increase the risk of neurologic degenerative diseases as well as cancer. Instead, you may want to choose steamed and undercooked foods.
6. Feed yourself with some saturated fats
Many people believe that all fats are bad for the health. This is not true. While most fats are considered unhealthy, there are some types of fats that are vital to your health. Saturated fats like those that come from palm oil for instance are important in maintaining healthy cells. Fats also help in the absorption of antioxidants. Instead of getting picky with your salad dressing, use full-fat dressing that is made with oil. On a study carried out by the researchers from Ohio State University, it was found that eating fresh salad with oil can help the body absorb healthy enzymes from the vegetables. You can also add some avocado in your salad in place of oil. Avocado is said to contain high amount of monounsaturated fats.
7. Even diet soft drinks may not be good for your health
Plus, it won’t make you any fitter! Experts from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Columbia University Medical Centre found that drinking diet soft drinks increase the chance of heart attack, stroke and vascular disease. Another published study also revealed that people who drink diet soft drinks increased their weight by up to 70% than those who do not. Such drinks were also found to cause premature birth.