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3 Healthy Foods

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Many of us are aware of the health benefits that certain foods, such as spinach and sweet potatoes, provide our bodies with. However, researchers are constantly studying different food products in order to find foods with the most health and nutritional value. A few surprisingly healthy foods include tea, dark chocolate, and fatty fish.

Tea is one of the most beneficial beverages available today. Many people know that tea is rich in antioxidants and is beneficial for the heart. However, there are currently other studies under investigation which speculate that tea may be beneficial in reducing chances of cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. So, the first question you may have is what kind of tea is the best and how much should I be drinking? Any tea that comes from the leaves of Camellia sinensis is healthy for your body. It can black, green or white tea. What you want to do is boil some water and make a strong cup of tea. Iced tea as well as bottled tea is not truly as rich and healthy as hot brewed tea. Iced tea is usually diluted and bottled tea loses its potency over time. So the best thing to do is to brew your own cup of strong tea.

Another surprisingly healthy food is dark chocolate. It has been said that the antioxidants found in dark chocolate may aid in reducing high blood pressure. The chocolate has to be at least seventy percent cocoa in order to qualify as a part of a healthy diet. However, it is also important to remember that dark chocolate is a dessert and it contains plenty of saturated fat and sugar, so it is important to limit yourself to just a small portion daily.

The last addition to the healthy food list is fatty fish. Trout, herring, tuna, salmon, sardines, and mackerel are all rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega- 3 fatty acids are known to lower cholesterol, prevent blood clots and reduce the chances of a heart attack. However, it is important not to eat these foods fried. Be sure that you grill or broil your fish in order to gain its most beneficial nutrients.

These foods are not only healthy but also delicious, so why not give them a try and feel better about your diet.

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Posted by Tuan Rumah at 4:50 AM  
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