- Category: whole foods
Whole foods are part of functional nutrition assuming they include variety.
Variety is a key to get all the nutrients your body needs from whole foods. Five foods listed below give you the variety you need.
Whole foods must be consumed in the way nature made them without genetic engineering, processing, additives, preservatives or both natural and artificial flavors.
The list below have five things in common.
- They are easily available and often low cost.
- They benefit have phytonutrients and antioxidants increase your bodies ability to fight disease.
- They are a rich source of both vitamins and minerals
- hey are high in fiber that helps cardiovascular health and reduce cancer risk.
- They are low in calories which means they can assist you in weigh loss.
They offer a protein source and are filling. Some varieties have a chewy texture which makes them a favorite replacement for meat without the fat or calories. You could reduce your calories per meal by around 400 calories by substituting mushrooms for meat. And mushrooms are rich in B vitamins, selenium, potassium, riboflavin, niacin, copper, and vitamin D.
Organic apples are a great source of soluble fiber that could help you lower both blood cholesterol and blood sugar. They are rich in Vitamin C that could help keep your blood vessels healthy and build connective tissues. Apples are also part of the Dirty Dozen list of the most chemically contaminate foods. You need to buy them organically grown.
A super food with one of the highest levels of antioxidants and phytonutrients have been connected with chronic disease prevention including heart disease, diabetes and even some cancers. Blueberries have also been connected to combat aging and improve short term memory.
High in vitamin C, lemons could also help your body to become alkaline. Acidic environment within your body is connected to many diseases. Lemons also could help you increase your "good" HDL cholesterol.
The flavonoids in lemons have been connected with inhibiting cancer cell growth and they have anti-inflammatory properties.
Another excellent source of vitamin C as well as vitamin A linked to keep your eyes healthy.