Upgrade Your Grocery List
Get healthier with five fabulous foods
Even small changes can make a big difference
You know improving how you eat can affect your long-term health and well-being--but you might not realize that even small changes can make a big difference. Try these foods to give yourself a health-promoting diet upgrade.
Pick pomegranate juice
Not only is pomegranate juice packed with antioxidants, it has been shown to reduce cholesterol buildup and improve circulation. In a double-blind study published in the American Journal of Cardiology, drinking 1 cup (237 ml) of the juice daily for three months significantly improved circulation in patients with restricted blood flow.
Consider organic dairy products
According to a growing number of physicians, scientists, and natural-food advocates, milk taken from cows that have not been injected with the synthetic hormone recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) is a healthier option.
Cook with coconut oil
While it is well-known that unsaturated fats are generally more heart-healthy than saturated fats, unsaturated fats are unstable, and cooking with them forms heart-damaging free radicals. Because it is an almost completely saturated fat, coconut oil is stable enough to resist the heat-induced damage that can make other oils unhealthy.
Look for omega-3 eggs
Go with grass-fed beef
Cattle that graze on grassy fields produce healthier meat than those fed grain. Grass-fed beef:
Linda Knittel is a nutritional anthropologist and freelance writer who strives to live by her own diet advice.