Good fruits for diet
I look forward to summer fruits all year, and now new research from Texas A & M University finds that a particular type can also help ward off metabolic syndrome and weight gain. Stone fruits, or drupes, which include nectarines, plums, peaches and cherries, contain natural substances that fight inflammation and create a domino effect that protects against diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.
The scientists found that fruits’ phenolic compounds have anti-obesity, anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic properties. The compounds work on different cells in the body, including fat cells, immune cells and cells that line the circulatory system, to protect them from aging and disease. They also found that each fruit contains similar phenolic compounds, but in different proportions that compliment each other, which means that eating a variety is a smart strategy.
They’re all in season now, so to take advantage of their superfood effects, here’s how to select the best of the bunch and some delicious ways to enjoy them:
Fortunately, picking ripe cherries is pretty straightforward. Just choose those that are firm but give a little when touched with plump, shiny skins and green (not brown) stems and avoid those that are mushy, dull, or have brown spots. Color isn’t a give away either, because it varies based on variety. For example, while Bing cherries are deep red, Rainier are golden pink. Cherries don’t ripen further after being picked, and unripe cherries will have less flavor and fewer nutrients, so look for cherries that are just right. Also they’re highly perishable, very delicate, and they absorb odors easily and dry out quickly, so keep them in a sealed container in the fridge and eat them up within a few days or freeze them.
Healthy Ways to Enjoy Them
Cherries are amazing on their own but they also pair well with many other healthy foods. One of my favorite is with dark chocolate! Just melt a few tasting squares, dip the bottom of each cherry in the chocolate and place on parchment paper to dry. Or removed the stems and pits and whip up a cherry smoothie.
Peaches, Plums, Nectarines
Like cherries these fruits should slightly give to the touch and for optimal nutrition should be ripe, almost to the point of spoilage – a recent study found that the more ripe the fruit the higher the antioxidant levels. These fruits will continue to ripen after picking, so if they’re too hard leave them at room temperature for a few days.
Healthy Ways to Enjoy Them
There’s nothing like biting into a juicy, aromatic, ripe peach, but there are many ways to incorporate them into meals and snacks. Slice and grill plums, nectarines and peaches in foil with a pinch of herbs or spices, from cinnamon, cloves or fresh grated ginger to rosemary or basil. Enjoy grilled fruit in a parfait. Layer it with toasted oats or cooked, chilled red quinoa, yogurt (regular or nondairy) and sliced or chopped nuts, or as a savory snack – spread a slice of hearty whole grain bread with organic nonfat cottage or ricotta cheese or crumbled organic extra firm tofu and top with grilled fruit and nuts or seeds. Or make fruit tacos like these; just swap the strawberries for peaches, plums or nectarines.
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Sure, they're good for you2012-08-05 16:46:15 by Frog_Barf
But so are fats, sugars, meat, and salt.
Even the dreaded calorie is a good thing: no calories, no life!
The problem is that many people eat too few veggies and replace them with calorie-dense fast foods, snack foods, and pre-prepared foods. This may be the single biggest reason for the current epidemic of obesity. Vitamin deficiencies are another result of not eating enough fruits and vegetables.
Nuts aren't as important in modern life, but in the Bad Old Days they were a good source of dietary fats and lots of calories, one that kept well.
To rephrase this, the issue isn't so much the particular things you eat (or don't eat) as it is whether your average diet is balanced or not
Where is a good place to shop for food?2009-02-05 12:16:35 by webforce
Where would you recommend to go shopping for food, like meats, poultry, seafoods, dairy and fruits vegies.
I have a diet I want to follow, and it requires alot of meats,chickens,fish,fruits,vegies and various other stuff...
So now I am starting to shop around..
Any recomendations to where you shop for good deals?
Diet Coke is not a "good" beverage to drink2008-05-27 12:09:05 by value_or_nutrition
All diet sodas are loaded with chemicals. That's why most health food stores don't even carry them. I guess in your mind good = no calories? That is not the only consideration for your body. The best beverage is water, and that is virtually free. The next best beverages are made from natural things like vegetables and fruits. Natural teas and coffee also can be good for you in varying ways, even medicinal. Strange what people in this country, in particular, consider to be "good". Just cheap and/or low in calories does not = "good".
I avoid all beverages that include the word "flavor" or "flavorings"
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