There are thousands of nutrients that people consume every day in all types of foods. However, to live a long and prosperous life, we can’t deny the obvious benefits of natural and clean foods. It is important to consume from the earth what is given, many times supplying the best sources of nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants.
Many of the foods in the Latino diet are clean, earthy, natural and full of flavor. Some of the following foods may be part of your every day but those that aren’t, try them on for size. You might find a new tool in fighting the old and getting in with the healthy and beautiful.
Tomatoes: Tomatoes have the ability to fight cancer, specifically lung cancer because of an antioxidant it contains called lycopene. Of all the different tomatoes, Classica tomatoes contain the most lycopene, which combats free radicals which can damage healthy cells and suppress your immune system.
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Brussels Sprouts: These little green veggies contain sulfur compounds that may help prevent tumor growth in the body. A 2012 study also found that these compounds can also help treat rheumatoid arthritis by reducing inflammation and activating cartilage-protecting proteins.
These little guys may not sound too appetizing, but throwing Brussels Sprouts into stews or steam them for 10 minutes and sprinkle a little ground pepper over them for quick and easy ways to eat them.
Basil: Talk about a flavor adding herb! Basil contains an antioxidant called eugenol, which has been found to spark anti-carcinogenic activity in cervical cancer cells which makes them self-destruct. Basil can be added to almost any dish for flavor.
Kale: It’s hard not to think of chewing cows when thinking of kale, but it has definitely made itself aware of all its nutritional value in recent years. These greens contain a major source of vitamin K, which has been known to help ward of heart disease and osteoporosis. Just one cup of cooked kale contains almost 12 times the recommended value of the vitamin. This vegetable also contains high levels of fiber which lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Kale has been seen often as garnish, but it can be steamed, added to stews or eaten raw by throwing them into salads.
Eggplant: The power in the eggplant comes from nasunin, which gives the odd-shaped, cancer-fighting veggie it’s rich purple color. This nutrient helps fight the spread of cancerous cells by cutting off the blood supply they need to reproduce. It has also been suggested that nasunin may slow the development of Alzheimer’s disease by preventing free radicals from damaging neurons.
Cut up and added to stir fry, stuffing it and roasting eggplant are only a few ways to cook and add it to your diet.
Red Bell Pepper: Fajitas anyone? Packed with vitamin C, this immunity booster contains 60 percent more of the vitamin than it’s green counterpart. Vitamin C is known to trigger the production of white blood cells that fight of disease creating germs and bacteria.
También te ayuda mantener la juventud. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that people whose diets were high in vitamin C were less susceptible to wrinkles, due to the fact that its nutrients enacts the production of collagen. Slice some red bell peppers for salads or eat them with hummus for a quick snack. Sauteing the colorful veggie or even mixing them into the blender for a more nutritious salsa are also some quick and easy options to incorporate them into your diet.
Blackberries: This might be getting old, but we love some blackberries in our diet. Rutin, a specific antioxidant called a flavonoid, may lower the risk of blood clots, heart attack and stroke, stated a 2012 Harvard Medical School study. Blackberries can be added to smoothies, yogurt, ice cream or eaten on their own. One cup of blackberries has only 62 calories. Don’t overdo it though. A large part of calories in the fruit come from sugars.