Upgrade Your Grocery List
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.
- Drink one 8-ounce (237 ml) glass daily.
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.
- The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stands firmly behind its ruling that rBGH is safe; however, Canada and Europe have banned its use. Some studies have linked rBGH milk to premature puberty and even cancer.
Consider buying dairy products labeled rBGH-free or rBST-free.
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.
- Use coconut oil in place of butter, margarine, olive oil, or any other type of oil in all types of recipes.
- Choose fresh, organic, and unrefined coconut oil, because it contains the most nutrients and no chemicals.
Look for omega-3 eggs
- Buy eggs produced by hens fed special diets to produce eggs with enhanced amounts of omega-3 fatty acids.
- These eggs contain 100 to 200 mg of omega-3s (three to six times that of a normal egg).
Go with grass-fed beef
Cattle that graze on grassy fields produce healthier meat than those fed grain. Grass-fed beef:
- has less fat and is lower in calories,
- is higher in healthy omega-3 fatty acids,
- and is a richer source of vitamin E.