There are foods that increase cholesterol, foods that cause cancer and foods that make you fat. In addition to these and other nutritional bad guys, however, there are also many health-promoting foods, known by the modern buzzwords “health foods” or “superfoods”. These are credited with certain health effects. Some, for example, lower cholesterol levels, while others have an anti-inflammatory effect, or even slow the growth of cancer cells. In this article, we will give you an overview of health foods that don’t require a treasure hunt, but can be easily found in your local supermarket!
Avocados: Superfood no. 1
Avocados are rich in unsaturated fatty acids and phytochemicals, as well as vitamins A and E. You can simply eat an avocado with a spoon, add it to a salad, or turn it into a delicious dip. Eating avocados supports cell growth, makes your skin look radiant, and boosts your fat-burning ability.
Bananas: more than just a bendy fruit
This yellow health food has a range of strengths! Bananas have a positive effect on your blood sugar levels and promote healthy intestinal flora, while the vitamin B6 content lightens your mood. Bananas are very sweet, so they’re the ideal, healthy alternative for people with a sweet tooth. And you don’t just have to eat them raw; try baking or grilling bananas too!
Speaking of sweet treats:
If you fancy something sweet, try dark chocolate! It has a particularly high cocoa content and thus provides large amounts of flavonoids, which strengthen the immune system. In addition, cocoa stimulates the synthesis of serotonin. This has a positive effect on your mood – serotonin is also know as the happiness hormone.
Eat more basil!
Basil is perfect for green smoothies, salads and tomato with mozzarella. The herb has an antibacterial effect, and regulates cholesterol and blood sugar levels. In addition, basil can help with stomach problems and digestive complaints.
Pears: often underrated
Pears are rich in antioxidants and fibre, so they have an anti-inflammatory effect and promote digestion. Pears are also a health food because they are low in calories. Wash pears thoroughly before eating, and eat them with the skin on. It contains a large proportion of the fruit’s valuable nutrients.
Cauliflower has it all!
Cauliflower isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But that might change if you knew its properties. Not only is cauliflower rich in fibre and thus good for digestion, it also contains a lot of vitamin C and K. Thanks to these ingredients, cauliflower has an anti-inflammatory and cancer-preventing effect, and protects against heart disease. You can prepare it by boiling it or roasting it in the oven.
Broccoli – green, nutritious and low in calories
Broccoli also contains large amounts of vitamin C and K. In addition, this extremely low-calorie vegetable provides high quantities of vitamin B6, potassium and folic acid. Broccoli protects against cancer and heart disease, and is said to have a mood-enhancing effect. It tastes particularly good in soup, or raw in salads.
A handful of cashews every day!
Cashews are considered one of the world’s most complete suppliers of amino acids, and are rich in high-quality plant proteins. They promote restful sleep, and have a generally calming, mood-lifting effect. Go organic to take full advantage of this superfood’s health benefits!
Treat your heart with red berries
Strawberries contain relatively little fructose, but provide large amounts of vitamin C, fibre and the trace element manganese. All these and other ingredients in strawberries help to prevent cancer and are good for heart health.
Important: Always wash strawberries thoroughly before eating. They are often coated in pesticides.
Health food, “North German” style
Kale is also a good supplier of vitamins. It contains vitamins A, C and K, as well as flavonoids, manganese and glucosinolates. These reduce cholesterol, have an anti-inflammatory effect and prevent cancer. You can cook kale in North German fashion but leave out the Mettwurst. It contains a lot of fat.