“What do we eat?” or “What should be in our plate?” is a frequently occurring question. While it would be impossible to blog on individual requirements, I can blog on foods that are so beneficial, that ideally they should form part of everybody’s daily diet. Here are top 5 must-eat foods:
The humble tomato sauce helps fight prostate cancer
Tomato Sauce contains a carotenoid called lycopene. Why only tomato sauce and not raw tomatoes? Apparently lycopene is formed only when tomato is cooked with light fat. Lycopene gives you protection against prostate cancer. So does that mean you can eat all the pizzas you wanted? No! Instead use tomato sauce in your health sandwich or whatever.
Oysters – the ‘hard on’ goodness packaged in a shell
Forget all those dangerous ‘revitalizing’ tabs, instead eat just three oysters a day and fulfill your daily requirement of zinc. Zinc is essential to maintain your sex drive. Men who consume their daily requirement of zinc usually have no problem with their sex life. Zinc is also vital to maintain Testosterone levels and sperm count. So when ancient Greeks wrote that Oysters were a food of love, they probably wrote it from experience.
Broccoli or Cabbage – the Cancer fighters
Broccoli has the goodness of Diindolylmethane and small amounts of Selenium – both are essential cancer fighters. Our country has higher incidences of cancer than anywhere else in the World so plan to include a serving of Broccoli or cabbage in your daily meal.
Peanut butter – the heart shield
Peanut butter does more than provide a tasty cover to your slice of bread; it protects you from heart disease – a leading killer in America. Peanut butter not only lowers your ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol, it also lowers triglycerides or blood. So if you exercise regularly and include peanut butter in your diet, the chances are, the dreaded heart attack might give you the skip. A word of caution: though consume no more than two spoonfuls a day. Peanut butter contains ‘good’ monounsaturated fat. However it is good only in small quantities.
Watermelon – the pressure regulator
Potassium helps regulate your blood pressure and potassium is found in watermelons. Ideally we need to be consuming roughly 2 grams of potassium per day. This would work out to approximately two 1½ inch thick slices of ripe watermelon a day. The watermelon needs to be bright red, flavorful, and incredibly juicy. Watermelon like any other fruit should be bought whole and cut just before eating. In the case of watermelon, cut a slice and keep the rest in your refrigerator. Do not pre-cut and store because it will oxidize and deprive you of anti-oxidants.
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