Find out how to get healthy skin, improve your body’s immune system and avoid health risks by eating nutritious foods like chia seeds, tomatoes, strawberries and grapes the right way
Ever wonder how to stay on top of your health game with the nutritional properties of vegetables, fruits and seeds such as chia seeds, tomatoes, strawberries and grapes? By eating them right way, of course! Read on to discover how to enjoy these healthy foods the nutritious way.
Whole strawberries contain eight to twelve percent more vitamin C than cut fruit, according to a 2011 Brazilian study. Slicing strawberries exposes vitamin C to light and oxygen, causing all nutrients to be broken down. It’s always best to eat fruit uncut. The skins of strawberries are high in vitamin C, which is one of the antioxidants that can help with cancer prevention, since a healthy immune system is the body’s best defence.
Packed with omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and protein, chia seeds are considered one of the most nutritious foods in the world. This superfood is believed to aid heart and digestive health, stabilise blood sugar and maintain stronger bones and teeth. However, it is believed that some brands on the market mill their chia seeds using heat which destroys some of the product’s nutrients. For the most nutritious way to enjoy chia seeds, look for micro sliced seeds as they are proven to be high in fibre, gluten-free and trans-fat free, they are great for cleansing and detoxing and are delicious combined in food and drink recipes for that much needed energy boost. Superior Foods Asia uses a special micro slicing technique to ensure better absorption while retaining the chia seeds’ nutritional properties.
Tomatoes are an excellent source of lycopene, the pigment that gives the tomato its colour. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant associated with reducing the risk of certain cancers and other diseases, including macular degeneration. However, what most people may not realise is the potential ill effects of eating raw tomatoes. They have an acidic quality that may aggravate frequent heartburn or acid reflux. Cooking tomatoes are a better source of fiber, as this method helps keep the digestive system healthy by increasing stool bulk and preventing constipation. Tomato skins contain plenty of nutrients, so cooked tomato products with the skin are better than those without it.
Grape seeds are loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids that are healthy fats needed for heart and brain health. Seedless grapes disregard high levels of vitamin A and E, which are very beneficial to the skin. Eating grape seeds on a regular basis may, for example, improve cardiovascular health, provide some protection against certain types of cancer and offer weight loss benefits.
We got these super useful tips on eating healthy food the right way from the helpful team at Food News and Finest Food.
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