Don’t fear eggs, dig in, yolk and all! They won’t harm your heart, but they can help you shed pounds. According to a study by the Harvard School of Public Health, there is no significant link between egg consumption and heart disease. In fact, according to one study, regular consumption of eggs may help prevent blood clots, stroke, and heart attacks. Egg whites are a great source of protein which can stave off hunger for longer.
Bonus Points: In another study, researchers found that people who eat eggs every day lower their risk of developing cataracts, also because of the lutein and zeaxanthin in eggs.
An apple a day can keep weight gain at bay. People who chomped an apple before a pasta meal ate fewer calories overall than those who had a different snack!
Bonus Points: Plus, the antioxidants in apples may help prevent metabolic syndrome, a condition marked by excess belly fat or an “apple shape.”
Long sidelined as a lowly garnish, this green belongs center stage on your plate. Kale is low in calorie, high in fiber and has zero fat. One cup of kale has only 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber and 0 grams of fat. It is great for aiding in digestion and elimination with its great fiber content. It’s also filled with so many nutrients, vitamins, folate and magnesium as well as those listed below.
Bonus Points: Kale is a great anti-inflammatory food. One cup of kale is filled with 10% of the RDA of omega-3 fatty acids, which help, fight against arthritis, asthma and autoimmune disorders.
All oats are healthful, but the steel-cut and rolled varieties (which are minimally processed) have up to 5 grams of fiber per serving, making them the most filling choice. Instant oats contain 3 to 4 grams per serving.
Bonus Points: Oats removes your bad cholesterol (without affecting your good cholesterol). Many studies have shown that the unique fiber in oatmeal called beta-glucan, has beneficial effects on cholesterol levels.
All berries are good for you, but those with a blue hue are among the best of the bunch. They have the highest antioxidant level of all commonly consumed fruit. They also deliver 3.6 grams of fiber per cup.
Bonus Points: Blue Berries bring you the brightest ray of hope, for they are laden with anti oxidants. This is mainly due to presence of Anthocyanin, a pigment responsible for the blue color of the blue berries. Antioxidants are vital to help your body fight free radicals, thereby slowing down the process of aging.
* Selected as Editor’s Choice Mar 2013*