In this world full of people drooling over junk foods, maintaining a healthy lifestyle becomes equally difficult at one point of time. Sometimes people don’t realize that eating junk food on a daily basis can lead to a potentially dangerous disease that can a last for a lifetime.
Therefore, looking after your health is equally important and one of the basic steps towards a healthy living. So, if you are one of those people who wants to cut all the junk foods and wants to start a healthy lifestyle then you are on the right page.
According to the surveys and sources across the Western Europe and United States, Below are some details regarding the top 5 foods that are considered to be healthy.
Broccoli is considered to be the most popular food items that are used in salads. It is rich in fibre, potassium, phytonutrients and calcium. It also contains Vitamin C and an antioxidant called beta-carotene that converts to Vitamin A, helps in fighting against lung Cancer. The Phytonutrients found in broccoli helps in reducing the risk of heart disease, cancers and diabetes.
Even just a hundred gram of broccoli with your regular salad can help in providing you with 150% of the Vitamin C, which is recommended to be taken on a daily basis. Broccoli also helps you in shortening the cold duration, if taken in large doses.
However, one should keep in mind that broccoli is not supposed to be cooked like a cauliflower, instead it needs to be eaten raw or when it’s lightly steamed.
When it comes to Avocados, they are a multi-nutrient star, they offer almost twenty vitamins and minerals in every serving. Apart from minerals and vitamins avocados are also rich in potassium, folate and lutein. Studies show that a regular consumption of avocado can help you lower the blood cholesterol level.
According to the researchers, from Ohio State University, nutrients from avocados are said to help in stopping the oral cancer cells and destroying some of the pre-cancerous cells. As of now, the researchers are studying on the extracts of the avocados in order to see whether it would be useful for treating hypertension and diabetes.
Oatmeal is nothing new in the market, it’s been around for many years now. Probably every individual must have bought it at some point of time in their life just to see the taste of it. The interest in Oatmeal has increased alot over the past twenty years.
Oatmeal is prepared from ground oats or rolled oats, where they are rich in vitamin B, folate, potassium and omega-3 fatty acids. Oats being rich in complex carbohydrates and fiber, they end up helping in slowing down the digestion and stabilizing the blood glucose in the body.
In the late 90s, A movement that made Oatmeal popular, was about a federal agency “The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)”, allowing foods with high levels of oat bran or rolled oats to include data regarding the benefits of cardiovascular heart (if taken with a low-fat diet) on their labels.
4) Sweet potatoes:
According to The Center for Science in the Public Interest, Sweet Potatoes are considered to have the most amount of nutritional value compared to other vegetables. The sweet potatoes ranked number 1 due to its naturally occurring sugars, dietary fiber, protein, iron, calcium, complex carbohydrates and Vitamin A and C.
Sweet potatoes can be eaten when grilled, baked, steamed, roasted or when made into a puree form. Being rich in beta-carotene, sweet potatoes helps in preventing heart disease, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, lowering insulin resistance and stabilizing blood sugar.
Lentils are a type of pulse that are used in many cuisines all around the world, especially in South East Asian countries like India, Bhutan, Pakistan and Nepal. Most of the production of lentils comes from India, Australia and Canada.
Lentils containing the highest amount of protein of any legume, has made this a most favourable food item in many countries. Apart from protein, lentils are also high in fiber, folate and iron.
Lentils could be either eaten cooked or as a sprout in your evening snack. Mixing evenly chopped onions with some pepper or chilli powder in your sprouts, makes a good, delicious and healthy snacks.