Take a look at these seven foods and drinks with some seriously hot properties!
Blueberries are a good source of vitamin K. They also contain vitamin C, fibre, manganese and other antioxidants. Many nutritionists say that if you only make one change to your diet it should be to add blueberries. They are rich in antioxidants which are considered to have many health benefits, including being preventative of some diseases. Antioxidants fight oxidative stress and free radicals, levels of which should remain low in the body in order to maintain good health. In terms of disease prevention, it has been claimed that eating blueberries can help protect against heart disease and some cancers, whilst also improving memory. A British study found that participants who ate three or more portions of blueberries and strawberries a week had a 32% lower risk of heart disease than those who ate them once a month or less. Although this could be due to a healthy diet and lifestyle more generally, it is definitely worth trying them out as they are packed with nutrients and taste great in cereal or porridge in the morning, and with yoghurt as a healthy and tasty dessert.
Broccoli’s mild taste and bright colour make it a favourite in Sunday roasts, but is it worth its place? Eating broccoli can help to lower cholesterol and it’s packed with nutrients including folate, soluble and insoluble fibre, vitamins C and A, and calcium, all of which serve numerous functions in the human body. It has also been linked with preventing cancer and diabetes. Evidence has shown that increased consumption of non-starchy vegetables like broccoli can reduce the risk of some cancers including mouth, throat and stomach. If you don’t like broccoli, try cauliflower, cabbage or even brussels sprouts, which all contain the compound sulforafane which has anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties. Plus, a new study by researchers at UEA has found that the compound could be the key to preventing or slowing the process of the most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis.
Mushrooms are mainly thought of as adding flavour with no real nutrition, but mushrooms are the only vegetable source of vitamin D.
Pistachios are small and flavoursome but also pack a real health punch. They contain more than 30 different vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients including lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants associated with a reduced risk of age-related sight loss. They are one of the nuts with the fewest calories and fat and they make a tasty snack on their own or added to meals and desserts.
Chocoholics rejoice! Eating small portions of dark chocolate has been found to help reduce high blood pressure, LDL known as the bad cholesterol and can even reduce the risk of diabetes by boosting insulin sensitivity.
6. Green & black tea
Green tea and even black tea both contain high levels of antioxidants and ECGC which is found in green tea, has been shown to lower cholesterol and inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
The health benefits of coffee surprisingly far outweigh the negatives. Studies have shown that drinking coffee regularly may reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease (80% less likely to develop), colon cancer (25% less likely when drinking at least two cups a day) and it can even reduce headaches. Scientists also believe that coffee may play a role in improving memory and decreasing the risk of Type 2 diabetes.