3 surprising health foods
While there’s no doubt that kale and raw almonds have their place in a healthy diet, we all need a little more party for our palate from time to time. These 3 foods are surprisingly good for you and will certainly help to lift you out of the diet doldrums.
You’re probably aware that red wine is a great source of antioxidants and helps to protect you from developing heart disease but did you know that the world’s favourite party starter is none too shabby in the health stakes either?
Researchers in the UK recently discovered that certain compounds in Champagne could help people ward off the development of dementia. In fact, one of the researchers went so far as to say that people over 40 should drink two or three glasses of Champagne a week.
Prof Spencer said “Dementia probably starts in the 40s and goes on to the 80s. It is a gradual decline and so the earlier people take these beneficial compounds in champagne, the better”.
A group of lucky trial participants will be asked to drink Champagne over the next 3 years to assess the drink’s long term benefits.
Other research found that drinking a moderate amount of Champagne every day improves the health of your blood vessels, which in the long term could help to lower blood pressure and prevent disease.
Needless to say that “moderate” consumption is important here.
Don’t save prawns for Christmas and special occasions, these shellfish contain more protein than popular meats like chicken, beef or lamb, and are a great source of the same healthy omega 3 found in fish.
Prawns are also a rich source of selenium, a mineral which is commonly deficient in the average diet, which helps protect you from many cancers, Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Even more unique is their astaxanthin content. This compound gives prawns their colour and is a particularly potent antioxidant. Astaxanthin also works to protect your skin from UV damage and helps athletes with energy production and muscle recovery.
There is one very important caveat to this though: only eat wild-caught Australian prawns. Prawns from other countries such as Thailand or Vietnam are often caught or farmed in conditions which make them both unethical and unhealthy. While no people suffer in the production of Australian farmed prawns, and they are no doubt much cleaner than those coming in from Asia, they don’t contain the same level of beneficial nutrients such as omega 3 and astaxanthin. It’s largely the diet of wild prawns which makes them so healthy and unfortunately farmed prawns don’t have access to the foods they need to build up their nutrition levels.
No longer just a throwback to 70s dinner parties, good quality pâté is now a full blown health food. Its main ingredient, liver, provides you with minerals such as iron, zinc and magnesium, vitamins including A, C and B12 plus plenty of protein. Better still, if it’s made with grass-fed butter, then you’ll also get a supply of CLA, a fatty acid which helps with weight loss and cancer protection.
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