Eggs are one of the most nutrient rich sources of food on the planet. They are loaded with anti-oxidants and have all kinds of vitamins and minerals packed inside. Eggs not only help maintain healthy levels of HDL, they are also an excellent source of protein. Studies have also indicated that eggs are a weight loss superfood! One study showed that participants who ate two eggs for breakfast compared to their counterparts who had a calorically equivalent bagel, lost 65%more weight and had 34% greater reduction in waist circumference. Eggs are a source of Sodium, Potassium, Vitamin A, B-6, B-12, C, D, Calcium, Magnesium and Iron – Whew! Try and say that last sentence five times fast.
I have to admit, I am a milk chocolate lover. My wife loves dark chocolate but I am way more drawn to the Lindt chocolate with the red wrapper. That being said, if you need to satisfy a chocolate craving, better make it dark. Dark chocolate contains the same anti-oxidant that has brought red wine to favor in many health circles – resveratrol. On top of healthy anti-oxidants, dark chocolate has also been shown to improve brain function and circulation for short periods of time. It’s also rich in fiber and helps keep you feeling full longer and may aid in weight loss. Studies have also shown that the cocoa in dark chocolate helps reduce LDL (bad cholesterol). And the list keeps going. From reducing blood pressure to relieving stress and keeping skin healthy, dark chocolate has all kinds of health benefits. Just remember, if you’re eating chocolate, the darker the better.
If you’ve ever read the Four Hour Body by Tim Ferris you’ve probably heard about some of the weight loss benefits of cinnamon. In his book he describes how cinnamon has the effect of lowering blood sugar response to food. It may also be useful for people with type 2 diabetes, as a supplement to
regular diabetes treatment. Cinnamon is tasty and has a natural sweetness to it. It’s great in coffee – like Joel’s Bullet Proof Coffee – and is a tasty topping on everything from berries to sweet potatoes. Add to it, the fact that it is a good source of Calcium and Iron and you’ve got yourself a genuine superfood.
Avocado is a healthy, fat filled fruit, who knew? I always find the distinction between fruit and vegetable a little fuzzy but the internet does not lie – wait a second… Seriously though, it’s a fruit and a very healthy one. I love avocado’s because they taste great, they are a great source of healthy fat and they are packed with all kinds of vitamins and minerals. I usually eat a half an avocado a day in my daily salad. Having said that, some recent research has shown adding avocado or avocado oil to a salad can increase your bodies ability to absorb key antioxidants that help with both heart health and eye function (lycopene and beta-carotene)!
I had always thought that Haskap berries were some super cross between blueberries and saskatoon berries, created by health and nutrtition science wizards in Japan. Turns out I was way off. It’s actually a native plant in northern boreal forests in Asia, Europe and North America. Haskap berries are high in Vitamin C and A and also have a very high anti-oxidant profile (higher than blueberries, cranberries and black currants!). Some early research on the plant indicates that it could have all kinds of health benefits from reducing inflammation, to fighting cancer and supporting healthy skin. This is probably a berry that you've heard about but maybe have never tried. Next time you see it in your local supermarket step out on a limb and give it a shot!
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