Lately there’s been so much buzz around trendy nutritional newbies like acai and kale that traditional fruits and vegetables are sometimes treated like yesterday’s news.
But researchers are discovering new reasons to get excited about some of the good old fashioned staples.
This crunchy delight is back on the must-eat list as a potential cancer fighter. It’s a top source of a flavonoid called apigenin. Researchers recently discovered that over time, a diet containing apigenin-rich foods may help prevent the disease.
The skins of these fruit snacks are bursting with resveratrol, the same antioxidant that helps make red wine good for your heart. Now a study has discovered that resveratrol may also aid in boosting immunity — by helping increase levels of a molecule that kills bacteria and viruses.
For years fungi have been thought to be heart healthy and immunity boosting. Now science shows that they may even help prevent breast cancer by lowering oestrogen levels.
Research shows that smokers have a lower risk of developing Parkinson’s, a disease characterised by a loss of brain cells that make dopamine. No doctor would encourage lighting up, but there may be another way to get the benefit: peppers. They’re a safe and small source of nicotine, which may protect dopamine-producing cells.
Busy schedules make it hard to get your six glasses of water a day. The good news is you don’t always have to drink your water. Believe it or not, you can also ‘eat’ it.
Here are some of the most hydrating foods you can eat.
This quench-your-thirst fruit is 90% water.
This refreshing summer veg contains 96.7% water – one of the highest of any solid food.
Yet another low-calorie green, this lightweight veg has a 95.4% water content.
This one isn’t very surprising is it? With a 94.5% water content, they are a great addition to a side salad.
While all bell peppers generally have a good water content, the green ones lead the way with a 93.9%. Both the red and yellow have 92% water in them.
So don’t be so hard on yourself if you skipped a glass, grab one of these and you’ll be fine!
If you want to look SHEmazing this summer, you really don’t have to spend a tonne of your time in the gym. In reality, the best thing you can do for your body and figure is to eat the right foods – those sit-ups won’t mean a thing if you’re filling your body with junk food.
Here are the best greens to eat if you want to achieve your goals:
It’s packed with nutrients that will add volume to your food without any extra calories.
This leafy green is great for calming down stomach bloat and reducing indigestion.
Not only are they good to snack on, but celery also helps with fluid retention so the words ‘water weight’ will be a thing of the past.
As well as being an energy-packed food, asparagus helps normalise your sugar levels so you don’t have to worry about will-weakening cravings.
High in fibre, low in calories and contains zero fat – need we say more?