Food? “What” Is More Important Than “When”

“Don’t skip breakfast, it’ll make you fat.” “Go more than a few hours without food, and your body will go into starvation mode.” “Stick to six small meals a day.”

Chances are, you’ve probably heard at least one of these weight-maintenance rules of thumb before — and likely in the past few months. But where do these supposed tenets of healthy eating come from, and does it really matter how often we eat?

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Superfoods for your Body – An A to Z Look

You can live a healthier life by making small changes to your diet. It all starts with the food you consume and there are tons of great options available to you at your local grocery store. You can replace some of the items you purchase for the fruits, veggies, grains and dairy products available on this list.

Avocado

If you’ve spent even a few minutes on Greatist, it’s no secret we’re huge fans of avocados. (There’s even an avocado-shaped piñata in our office!) There’s good reason, too: Avocados are a great source of monounsaturated fat (which can improve cholesterol levels, decrease risk of heart disease, and benefit brain function), vitamin E (a powerful antioxidant), and vitamin B6 (which promotes healthy skin and serves as a back-up fuel) [1] [2]. Plus, they’re just darn delicious (kale salad with avocado and grapefruit, anyone?). Just remember not to overdo it — this fruit is pretty heavy and high in calories, it’s probably best to consume no more than about half a fruit per day.

Beets

It’s hard to beat beets. First off, let’s talk about that color: Beets are high in betalain, an antioxidant that gives them that purple hue and may help ward off cancer and other degenerative diseases [3]. Vitmains A, B, and C offer additional benefits ranging from bolstering the immune system to helping the body produce collagen [4]. A healthy dose of potassium, which is essential for proper organ function, and fiber, which keeps the digestive tract regular and helps maintain heart health, help round out beets’ nutrition profile.

Chia

These little seeds may have gained fame as the base of the 90s chia pet craze, but they offer oh so much more as a superfood. Chia seeds are packed with magnesium, iron, calcium, and potassium. Plus, they’re perfect for adding to smoothies, yogurt, and pudding. The little seeds can absorb up to 10 times their weight in water, which some studies suggest can help the body stay hydrated longer and may improve overall endurance [5].

Dates

Dates are great for a few reasons. First off, they’re a perfect healthy recipe substitution for both sugar and/or butter in baking. They’re also packed with fiber (which is essential for good heart and digestive health) and vitamins and minerals including potassium, selenium, copper, and magnesium [6].

Eggs
EggsPhoto by Marissa Angell

 

Eggs are one of the best superfoods because you get a good serving of protein in an inexpensive little package. Just 70 calories and 6 grams of protein, eggs are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which help with proper body function and heart health. They’re good for the eyes, too: The antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin (found in the yolks) help protect the eyes from light and free radicals (and may even help prevent eye degeneration that can present with age) [7]. And while there’s been much debate about the health of those lil’ yellow centers (some say their cholesterol content is bad news bears), the yolks are full of choline, a B vitamin essential for proper brain function [8] [9].

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New Powerful Greek Yogurt Marketed Towards Men

Greek Yogurt for men is now a real thing. “Brogurt” as some food blogs are calling it, has the same items as greek yogurt a known superfood with many different health benefits.

New Powerful Yogurt has 24 – 25 grams of protein, which is designed to help aide in muscle building, recovery and also weight loss. The product comes in strawberry, blueberry-acai, mango, banana, and apple-cinnamon flavors. There is slightly more sugar added for taste.

Overall the product seems like a marketing gimmick and not entirely different than traditional Greek Yogurt. Don’t fall for the marketing ploy and continue to purchase your favorite brand.

Are Onions The Superfood Your Diet Is Missing?

Onions are often categorized as the cause for foul breath and indigestion, but they may have superfood benefits that your diet could benefit from.

New research shows that onions are nutritional powerhouses and can keep the heart healthy, strengthen bones, reduce cancer and aid in digestion.

Onions contain a carbohydrate known as fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS), that can serves as food for our intestinal bacteria and promote the growth of health, immune-boosting bacteria.

Other superfoods include acai berry, blueberries, oranges, beans, spinach, tomatoes and walnuts.

 

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