Eat Your Way To Health

We all know what foods are good for us -- fruit, veg, fish and lean meats -- and also what’s not so good for us -- sweets, crisps, ready meals and fast food. However, many of us don’t know just how healthy some foods actually are. A small number are called superfoods because of their high levels of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. Here are the top seven superfoods that we should all be eating and why they are so good for us.

Fresh blueberries

Berries

Blueberries seem to get the best press, but all berries are packed full of nutrients, anti-oxidants, phytonutrients and fibre. They are also very low in calories, so you can pop them all day long without worrying about putting on weight. They are a great alternative to sweets and chocolate because, although they are so sweet, this comes from natural, non-refined sugars, meaning they won’t spike your blood sugar levels.

Broccoli

Broccoli is one of the most popular vegetables in this country and there are several good reasons why this should be. It is full of many vitamins -- vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K and beta-carotene -- and is also packed with fibre, which helps your digestive system.

Salmon

This fatty fish is full of Omega-3 fatty acids (that aid cardiovascular health), protein and iron, and is extremely low in calories. It is so versatile that you can make it in a huge range of different meals and still benefit from this superfood.

Eggs

Eggs are full of vitamins and minerals, healthy fats and protein. They can be cooked in a variety of different ways: boiled, poached, fried and scrambled. Hard-boiled eggs make a great snack as they are so portable and can be added to most meals as a healthy supplement.

Green tea

Green tea has been proven to lower cholesterol. It contains the anti-oxidant ECGC which may prevent cancer cells from forming and suppress the spread of tumours.

Sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes are such a great alternative to their better-known cousin the white potato as they are so much more nutritious. They are packed full of vitamin C, calcium and potassium and can also stop sugar cravings as they are very sweet when cooked.

Nuts

A handful of nuts a day will provide you with healthy fats, fibre and anti-oxidants, which can go a long way in protecting from heart disease and reducing blood clots. Make sure you choose nuts that have not been salted, roasted or flavoured in any way and control your portion size, as nuts can become extremely fattening if you eat too many. You could easily have too much of a good thing here.

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