We all know how healthy certain foods like apples, kale, salmon, blueberries, and spinach are – but there are other super foods that are just as nutritious and unspeakably delicious. Some of these super foods are foods we don’t often associate with great health – as much as we simply associate them with great taste.
For example, according to the American Association for Cancer Research, eating more grains, nuts and meats, may help prevent bladder cancer. The reason? A non-metallic trace mineral known as Selenium. Studies linked higher rates of selenium with a lower occurrence of bladder cancer.
Other Super Hero Foods with Powers to Fight Off Disease:
- Pistachios can lower the risk of heart disease. They boost enzymes that help remove unhealthy cholesterol in the bloodstream.
- British scientists have genetically engineered a purple tomato that’s getting a great deal of attention. This purple tomato has been proven to help prevent cancer in mice. Apparently the tomato carries nutrients similar to dark berries (super hero foods in their own right).
- Researchers have found that snack-sized amounts of walnuts impede cancer growth in mice. Walnuts include Omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and components called phytosterols. Each of these are known for producing anti-cancer effects.
- If you suffer from chronic sinusitis, load up on honey. A Canadian study has found that honey gets rid of the bacteria that causes all the suffering in the first place.
- I love the Italians. Italian scientists report that eating a small square of dark chocolate each day will help prevent inflammation of the heart and, ultimately, heart disease.
I’m all over that last one. I made a New Year’s Resolution years and years ago to eat chocolate and drink coffee every single day. I did it half-jokingly, telling my daughters that I was going to make a resolution I’d never, ever break.
Success! Even last year when I had the flu from inner hell, I somehow managed a lick and or sip of each. I wasn’t about to let the flu rob me of my record along with my dignity.
Final thought about food: If we’re going to eat each day (and we most definitely are), shouldn’t we make as many bites as possible do us good rather than harm?
Now if you’ll excuse me, where’s that chocolate…