Tasty AND Healthy? Foods that are surprisingly good for you
When it comes to healthy food, most people think of fruits and vegetables. This isn’t wrong, of course, but the list of things you can eat when you’re trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle goes beyond greens. Some of these may even surprise you, as the list below will show:
1. Coffee’s use is seen as a morning pick-up and nothing more. In fact, many people avoid having coffee altogether because of concerns about the health properties of caffeine. It’s not all bad, though. You may not know that it also stimulates the nervous system, lowers the risk of Parkinson’s and diabetes, alleviates headaches and moodiness, and even helps prevent cavities.
2. Everybody’s favorite guilty pleasure, chocolate, also provides health benefits. To be more specific, dark chocolate is what you should go for, as it’s purer than the more common milk chocolate. Researchers have found out that dark chocolate improves blood sugar and insulin sensitivity, which is good news for those prone to diabetes. It also helps increase blood vessel flow, and carries a lot of antioxidants, which greatly alleviate high blood pressure. They also make great snack substitutes, whenever you get a craving for some M&M’s, provided you only take appropriately small servings.
3. Lastly, sipping a little wine each day can also help stave off some health issues. Studies reveal that the alcohol component of wine can help increase “good” HDL cholesterol while at the same time lowering “bad” cholesterol. A British study also reports that wine lessens the risk of contracting the Helicobacter pylori bacteria by 11%, reducing the risk of ulcer, gastritis, and stomach cancer. Sparkling wine, specifically, has antioxidants called polyphenols that reduces the damage of free radicals to the body. And like the more popular red wine, it also helps lower blood pressure and prevents heart problems. Though it may not be as conventional as its crimson counterpart, choosing a bottle of sparkling wine isn’t as difficult as pronouncing “Cabernet Sauvignon”. With customer review threads posted on every variant, Marks & Spencer provides useful advice on which wines to choose and the pros and cons of each.
Needless to say, the best way to go about things is with moderation. Too much of coffee, chocolate and wine will still be bad for you in the long run but as long as you take each in appropriate amounts, you can enjoy the benefits without having to worry about the negative factors.