5 Ways To Eat Better

5 Ways To Eat Better

We’re always trying to eat foods that are good for our health. But how do you know which ones are best, and what specific health benefits they bring? Read on to find out. From whole grains to beans, there’s something for every taste and diet.

Stock up on whole grains

When you eat whole-grain cereals, such as wheat, rye or oats, you get all of the nutrition that nature intended – nutrition that is ordinarily removed when grains are processed into things like white flour. Whole grains are tasty, a great source of dietary fiber, and give you many health benefits. They reduce your risk of stroke, diabetes, and heart disease, and help you to maintain a healthy weight. They can also lower your blood pressure and make it less likely that you will develop colon cancer. Oat bran is particularly good (here’s a healthy muffin recipe using oat bran)  – it’s been shown to lower cholesterol levels significantly. With all the benefits to oats, I have been using oat flour in my baking. Here’s how you can make your own oat flour.

5 ways you can eat better

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Tuck into cruciferous vegetables

Upping your vegetable intake in general is a good thing to do, but eating a lot of cruciferous vegetables is particularly good. These are plants such as cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli, and they are great for your long-term health. They seem to lower your risk of getting cancer, and some of the compounds they contain are effective at stopping cancer cells growing – including lung, colon, breast, uterine and prostate cancers. They appear to activate detoxifying enzymes in your body, as well as mopping up free radicals, which can damage your DNA and lead directly to cancer. You get the most health benefit if you eat these lightly steamed, since overcooking destroys a lot of the beneficial compounds.

Have a tomato

Now, I’m not a huge fan of tomatoes myself but I know a lot of people who think they taste great. Did you know that tomatoes can help reduce your risk of getting cancer? They contain large amounts of an antioxidant called lycopene, which may prevent stomach, lung and prostate cancer. It’s also thought that lycopene can improve your complexion. Funnily enough, you get even more benefits if you eat cooked tomatoes – the cooking process actually increases lycopene levels by 35.

Drink a cup of tea

Green and white teas contain a powerful antioxidant called epigallocatechin gallate. Several studies have indicated that drinking green tea can reduce both heart and cancer risks, and there’s some evidence that you will be less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. Healthy food and drinks like this can make a real difference to your long-term health prospects.

healthy green tea cup with tea leaves

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Beans, beans and more beans

Beans give you lots of wonderful low-fat protein, along with a hefty dose of fiber. They are also chock-full of vitamins and minerals, such as potassium, iron and vitamin B. They contain antioxidants as well, and seem to give some protection against prostate and breast cancers. Just be careful when you cook beans, since there is a nasty poison in them that can make you vomit for days. The only way to avoid this is to drain and rinse the beans after you have soaked them, and then boil them vigorously for 5 to 10 minutes to destroy the poison. Kidney beans are the worst offenders for this.

 

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9 comments on “5 Ways To Eat Better”

  1. Great post! You wrote a post about everything in my kitchen lol. A lot of people don’t know the benefits that come with eating right. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Love the tip about tea! Most people don’t realize what a healthy beverage it is!

    • I agree! Last summer I was selling Steeped Tea and learned a lot (and fell deeply in love with loose leaf). I’m not actively selling it anymore, but I do keep my membership just for my own personal discount 😉 I go through a lot haha.

  3. Great tips! Thank you so much for sharing!

  4. My daughter (5) would eat nothing but tomatoes if I would let her.
    I am really surprised about the bean poison. I’ve often wondered why we go through so much work for them. Now I know!

  5. okay the word cruciferous has never once been in my vocabulary and kidney beans have poison?? I would say I have learned a lot. I do love a good tomato though!

  6. These are great tips, and ones that my own family follows. Such simple ways to get on the road to healthier eating! And tomatoes are SOOO healthy and great for your skin too 😉

  7. Great tips. We are trying to eat better here

  8. These are some great ideas on how to eat better! Thanks for the suggestions. 🙂

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