I’m delighted to share my Love Affair with Food with you today, and for me, it’s the eating rather than the cooking. I’m not a good cook and do it for survival rather than passion. I make myself cook and I make my family eat it. Some efforts are more successful than others, but, hey, we are all still alive J
Despite my culinary inadequacy, I do care about what we eat. Rather than share a recipe with you today, I thought I would share my five super-foods to keep you healthy.
No. 1 Blueberries
You would not believe all the benefits these delicious berries provide.
· Vitamin K - blood coagulation and binding of calcium in bones and other tissues
· Vitamin C - helping to repair and regenerate tissues, absorbtion of iron and preventing heart disease
· Fibre - associated with a lower risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and bowel cancer
· Manganese - supports bone health and helps prevent osteoporosis. It’s also needed for antioxidant and enzyme function, helps maintain cognitive function, fights and damages diabetes, supports lung and respiratory health, helps prevent arthritis and osteoarthritis, reduces pms symptoms
· Antioxidants, in particular anthocyanins - provide anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-cancer benefits
So what’s not to love? If you only make one change to your diet – add blueberries.
No. 2 Oats
High in fibre and protein, oats contain some unique components.
· Beta glucan - one form of soluble dietary fibre that’s strongly linked to improving cholesterol levels and boosting heart health.
· Avenanthramides - exhibit anti-inflammatory and anti-itch activity
No. 3 Olives
Although approximately 80 percent of the calories in an olive are fat, it is the healthy fat, the main one being oleic acid. Studies have found this to have a protective effect when it comes to cancer and maintaining a healthy heart.
No. 4 Broccoli
These little green trees, as my son used to call them, are a great source of a long list of what helps make us brilliant:
· Vitamin B - B complex vitamins are needed for healthy skin, hair, eyes, and liver. They also help the nervous system function properly
· Choline - a macronutrient that's important for liver function, normal brain development, nerve function, muscle movement, supporting energy levels and maintaining a healthy metabolism
· Vitamin A - important for normal vision, the immune system, and reproduction. It also helps the heart, lungs, kidneys, and other organs work properly
· Potassium - potassium-rich foods can lower your risk of high blood pressure, stroke, and heart disease. Studies suggest boosting your potassium intake and curbing salt and sodium can slash your stroke risk by 21% and may also lower your odds of developing heart disease
· Iron - an essential nutrient, it is a component of haemoglobin in red blood cells that distribute oxygen around the body, and myoglobin that is found in muscles and tissues.
· Zinc - necessary for the body's immune system to work properly, zinc plays a role in cell division, cell growth, wound healing, and the breakdown of carbohydrates. Zinc is also needed for the senses of smell and taste.
· Calcium - the body uses 99 percent of its calcium to keep your bones and teeth strong, thereby supporting skeletal structure and function. The rest of the calcium in your body plays key roles in cell signaling, blood clotting, muscle contraction and nerve function.
· Selenium - works as an antioxidant, especially when combined with vitamin E. Antioxidants like selenium help fight damaging particles in the body known as free radicals.
No. 5 Salmon
This delicious fish has a lot to offer our bodies, as well as our taste buds. In addition to being a good source of B vitamins and choline, mentioned above, salmon is packed with a whole lot more.
· The sunshine vitamin D – this has multiple roles within the body, helping to maintain the health of bones and teeth; support the health of the immune system, brain, and nervous system; regulate insulin levels and aid diabetes management; support lung function and cardiovascular health; influence the expression of genes involved in cancer development
· Taurine - important for the body because of its role in the maintenance of organ and cell function
· Omega-3 fatty acids - these are one of the "good" types of fat. They may help lower the risk of heart disease, depression, dementia, and arthritis. Your body can't make them - you have to eat them or take supplements.
· Phosphorus - next to calcium, phosphorus is the most abundant mineral in the body. These 2 important nutrients work closely together to build strong bones and teeth
· Potassium – this is a mineral, not a vitamin. Eating more of these potassium-rich foods can lower your risk of high blood pressure, stroke, and heart disease. Studies suggest boosting your potassium intake and curbing salt and sodium can slash your stroke risk by 21% and may also lower your odds of developing heart disease
Don’t you just love the idea that your food is helping to keep your body brilliant?
But there’s more to life than that, and I couldn’t end a piece on “What Makes us Brilliant” without including something that makes us happy.
What would life be without chocolate? Wishing you all a very happy love affair with your food.
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Mollie Blake is a published author of contemporary romance. A lover of reading sexy stories, Mollie decided to go one step further and write her own. Her romances are filled with danger and peppered with hot sexy scenes. She is a member of International Thriller Writers and UK Romantic Novelists Association.
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