We spend so much of our time trying to avoid foods that are supposed to be bad for us.
But it may be just as or even more beneficial to put foods in our diet that may help us to lead healthier and potentially longer lives.
As the citizens of Crete have shown, you can eat a high-fat diet, but still have small amounts of heart disease. What can possibly account for that?
Although I won’t name the specific studies here, there are a number that have shown these 3 foods to be some of the best if you want to live a longer life:
Cabbage is believed to boost immune function as well as decrease the risk of cancer, especially colon cancer.
If you don’t like cooked cabbage, you can eat coleslaw or shred raw cabbage on your salad. You should eat some of your cabbage raw anyway because cooking can reduce some of the health benefits.
An old folk remedy for treating ulcers is to drink cabbage juice. But make sure you talk to your doctor first. Especially if you take antiseizure or thyroid drugs. Because cabbage doesn’t mix well with those medications and can cause adverse consequences.
2. Olive oil
In Crete, a small island near Greece, the citizens have one of the longest life expectancies in the world. They also have some of the lowest rates of heart disease and cancer.
But as I said earlier, this occurs even though they eat high-fat diets.
So maybe high-fat diets don’t cause heart disease after all? Some researchers believe that type 2 diabetes may be linked to having diets high in fat and sugars.
But this study didn’t account for all the fat and sugar in foods beyond the obvious fatty meats such as butter and cheese. So the results are still probably more due to chance than to any concrete cause.
3. HDL cholesterol
High HDL cholesterol (high “good” cholesterol) is mainly found in the now-discontinued harmful fats in oils like saturated and trans-fats. These have been linked to causing the Yunnan province heart disease cluster.
4. Cereal grains
As indicated by the USDA, cereals are a good source of fiber, iron, magnesium and protein. These grains have lower glycemic loads (the food’s effect on blood sugar) than some other cereal products and they are important for sustained energy release.
Many red and white teas also contain caffeine, lift your mood, and promote safe and easy thinking.
Salmon is a fish that can live in either the salt or fresh water. Because of its diet, low heat levels, and living in the wild, it is a natural vegetarian.
Salmon is also known to help with weight loss. The fatty acids and omega-3s found in salmon may help your body use fat stores more efficiently, thereby promoting weight loss.
6. Flax seed
This is a high-fat food that may help lower your cholesterol, control diabetes, and contain healthy omega-3 fatty acids. What more reason do you want to eat this good stuff?
7. Olive oil
Olive oil is the best alternative for butter. Not only is it healthier for you, it may also help lower your bad cholesterol. Studies indicate that monounsaturated fats, found in olive oil, may protect against heart disease.
Like tomatoes, it is believed that the active compound that peppers may contain is lycopene. Lycopene is believed to be highly beneficial to humans. However, the FDA has reported that processed peppers may provide consumers with some safety.
Blackberries are usually included in the fancy birthday parties. Apparently, they make you feel good and increase your libido.
10. Watercress mash
Watercress mash is the new blackberry extracts in pudding food. It is very well-known and is usually used in salad dressings, too. What is so interesting about this is that it has very strong antioxidant properties. Save this for last.
11. Pomegranate juice
Pomegranate juice is produced by the juice of a particularly shaped and pregnant grape. At the peak of the grapes, the flesh is best. The juice is clear, tastes fruity, and may improve blood pressure and cholesterol.
12. Queso fresco/ Queso blanco
These are two different ways of making cheeses. It’s mainly produced in the towns of Monterey and cracks are made from the inner paste. Monterey Jimeno is produced in small batches by many small family-owned businesses.