Every person’s existence on this planet is special. We all have different careers, live in different parts of the world, and have vastly different lives. We have our own families, hobbies, habits, and schedules.
Despite this, we all have a few basic needs — food, water, shelter, and so on. Despite that most of us have very busy lives, we all make time to eat. Even so, I believe there is not enough focus today on the health consequences of the foods we want to consume. Food is more than a mere pleasure in life. It’s a source of energy for our bodies, and it has an effect on how we think, feel, and act.
The following quote strikes me as particularly powerful, and I believe it adequately summarizes the effects of food on the human body: “Food may be the best and most effective type of medication or the slowest form of poison.” Ann Wigmore is a writer who lives in the United Kingdom.
Food will really optimize and enhance your life, as it did for me five years ago (and continues to do today). Though I’ve previously written articles about the health benefits of different foods, I believe it’s essential to do so again. Today, there are tens of thousands of choices to choose from. I believe that by learning more about the particular benefits that each special ingredient offers, we can all make better food choices and, as a result, improve our health.
Three foods that science says are among the healthiest you can consume are mentioned below. I’ve included facts to back up each claim, as well as details on the health benefits you can expect from eating them.
This Cruciferous Vegetable
There was only one vegetable in particular that I had a special affinity to when I was a little girl, but not because I liked the taste of it. Broccoli florets reminded me of little tiny trees, and I enjoyed eating the tops off. Although I wasn’t eating broccoli with the intent of improving my health at the time, that’s exactly what I was doing.
In reality, studies show that a low dietary intake of fruits and vegetables doubles the risk of most cancers as compared to a high intake, as well as significantly increasing the risk of heart disease and cataracts. Since only 9% of Americans consume the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, there is a huge opportunity to improve health by changing one’s diet.
Although all fruits and vegetables have numerous health benefits, broccoli is particularly high in vitamin K and vitamin C, and other vital micronutrients. Broccoli also contains a number of powerful antioxidants that may help maintain the health of your cells and tissues in your body. Broccoli is a nutritious vegetable that I eat on a regular basis. If you don’t like broccoli raw, try steaming it and mixing it into a delicious pasta dish like this creamy vegan hummus ‘alfredo’ pasta.
The Superfood Seed
Chia seeds are a great ingredient that can be easily incorporated into a variety of meals and snacks, including oatmeal, cereal, and hydrating fruit smoothies. Antioxidants abound in chia seeds, and studies have found positive links between antioxidants and longevity as well as protection against cell harm.
Chia seeds also have a high protein content. In fact, they contain around 14% protein by weight, which is extremely high when compared to most plants. They also have a strong balance of essential amino acids, which means your body should be able to use the protein they contain. It is undeniable that chia seeds have many health benefits. For a fast and easy superfood boost, try this simple vegan chia pudding recipe.
This Exceptional Fat Source
The last healthy food I’m going to talk about today is coconut, which is a rare fat source with a variety of interesting health benefits. Now, I understand that coconut is not for all. My father dislikes the taste, and it’s one of those tastes that’s difficult to hide.
Owing to the high saturated fat content of coconut and other related products, such as coconut oil, there was a lot of debate. In reality, coconut oil is primarily composed of saturated fats, with only 9% unsaturated fats. The saturated fats in it, however, are not the same as those found in animal fats. Medium-chain fatty acids make up more than half of the fats in coconut oil. The fatty acid composition is what sets this apart. Long-chain fatty acids are degraded and re-esterified in the small intestine, whereas medium-chain fatty acids are ingested intact. They are directly used to produce energy in the body.”
The lesson here is that coconut has a lot of potential health benefits as well as a lot of vitamins and minerals, so don’t let the saturated fat content scare you away from it entirely.