Eating For Life

Eating For Life

How to decide which foods you really should be eating.

No doubt you’ve seen a lot of fuss made over different foods since they’ve been named ‘superfoods’. Foods such as berries and avocados have been elevated to stardom since being named ‘super.’ You can bet sales have gone through the roof for these and other superfoods since they are constantly in the media, being promoted for all the extra benefits we can expect from consuming them.

The issue lies in becoming too focused on any particular nutrient but, as with anything, moderation is key. Instead, focus on food synergy – the way nutrients in one food or a combination of foods can work together to contribute to and benefit your health. Eating wholefoods are a fantastic way to simplify healthy eating. A wholefood is food eaten in its natural state, or as close to it as possible, with the least amount of processing. Here are some excellent examples of wholefoods for you to try.

1. Blueberries. They’re delicious and because they’re packed with polyphenolic compounds such as flavonoids, they’re also known to protect memory and cognitive function. They can also help reduce inflammation and lower oxidative stress, thereby reducing the risk of neurodegenerative diseases.

2. Oats. They have copious amounts of soluble fibre beta-glucan, which can lower high levels of cholesterol in the blood and also has anticoagulant properties. A study from the US found, by eating six grams of oat beta-glucan each day, for six weeks, significantly reduced total cholesterol and LDL (the bad cholesterol).

3. Salmon. Not only delicious and full of protein but also packed with omega-3 fats. A study out of the UK suggests, eating salmon twice a week, compared to eating white fish, causes a huge reduction in triglyceride levels in overweight men and women. The fish is also well known for reducing risk of heart disease, inflammation and can improve your mood too.

4. Broccoli. This vegetable has the most benefit when eaten raw. Broccoli has shown the plant compounds potent in preventing disease but cooking the vegetable destroys the disease-fighting activities.

5. Ginger. With a long history of medicinal use, dating back thousands of years, ginger contains gingerol which is what creates the flavour. It is the gingerol which helps protect against cancer, as well as boost immune function to help fight infection.

These are just a few examples of wholefoods which could benefit your health. If you have questions about your health, it is always a good idea to seek help. There’s no such thing as a silly question so make an appointment with your GP today.

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* This is not medical advice and should not be taken as such. Please see your doctor if you have any questions or concerns. Call Mermaid Central Medical Clinic on (07) 5575 2444 or visit the website to make an appointment.