Monday, February 18, 2013

10 foods you should add to your diet in 2013


Eggs: While egg whites are loaded in proteins, the yolk is rich in vitamins and minerals. Studies have shown that if you eat eggs for breakfast, you will end up consuming lesser calories throughout the day! Eggs also contain choline, which is considered to be brain food.
Yoghurt: An important part of the Indian diet, yoghurt works wonders for your digestion, immunity and skin. Yoghurt contains more calcium than any other dairy product. So have a cupful every day, add fresh fruits of your choice for added flavour!
Beans: Good for your heart, great for diabetes! These natural wonders are packed with soluble fibre, which fills you up and insoluble fibre which helps lower your cholesterol. Proteins, carbohydrates, magnesium, potassium! You name it, this super food has it. The recommended intake is 3 cups weekly.
Sweet potatoes: Substitute your regular white potato with a sweet potato and you will automatically be adding vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C, calcium and potassium to your meal. Sweet potatoes also contain beta carotene which helps every cell in your body to stay healthy.
Nuts: Yes they have a high fat content, but they are all good fats which makes them excellent for your heart! In small doses, they can lower cholesterol and aid in weight loss. And with so many varieties of healthy nuts around (almonds, peanuts, walnuts) you’ll be hard-pressed to find a healthier snacking option!
Berries: Whoever said that all good things come in small packages could have been talking about berries. Berries, be it any kind, are loaded with antioxidants, extremely low in calories, high in water content and fibre which makes them great for diabetes.
Sprouts: Sprouts are a really good source of proteins and vitamin C. They also contain more nutrients than the seed that they germinate from. Apart from their high nutritional value, they are also easier to digest than the original seed.
Pomegranate: This tasty treat helps your body fight conditions like cancer and Alzheimer’s. It is also a rich source of antioxidants. Pomegranate protects your arteries, lowers cholesterol and lowers blood pressure. Do we really need to say more?
Bananas: These fruits are available in abundance in our country and are loaded with antioxidants, potassium, vitamin B6 and carbohydrates. Potassium helps lower the blood pressure and carbohydrates are great for refuelling your body before and after your workout.
Apples: Crispy, crunchy, sweet and delicious! Apples are rich in a number of minerals and pectin, which is a kind of soluble fibre. Pectin helps in maintaining digestive health and in reducing cholesterol. Two apples a day are recommended to derive maximum benefits. Experts maintain that while eating these super foods is extremely beneficial, it’s important to maintain a balanced diet. So ensure you are getting enough of all food groups. Here’s to eating healthy this year! Cheers! Join our diet discussions on facebook. Like us!

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