Food Facts and Healing Foods.

Food facts

“Food is medicine. Food is life, food is love”.

Brad Long, owner and operator of Café Belong in Toronto

He is right, of course, especially considering the fact that millions of young people feed themselves with convenience food be it store-bought, or from fast food outlets.

Consider selecting healthy, natural foods like nuts (do not buy small packages in grocery chain stores as most the contents are rancid and old), scallions, onions, oranges, field grown tomatoes (rich in lycopene and vitamin C), pulses (all types of beans, chickpeas

Rich in fibre and help lower cholesterol), berries (contain vitamin C), broccoli and dark green vegetables (rich in bet carotene, but do not overcook. Steaming and sautéing in extra virgin olive oil or butter are best), carrots (high in antioxidants, and vitamin A), omega _3 acids containing fish i.e salmon, mackerel, tuna, rainbow trout, and canned sardines.

Eat iron rich spinach and try to cook just the amount you need so as to prevent reheating.

High-density alcoholic beverages slow down digestion as they dilate the stomach muscles. Wine is fine, but only in moderate quantities. Red wine is definitely more healthy than white wine. Generally, researchers recommend 180 ml of wine per day, one bottle of beer (375 ml at 5 per cent ABV), and 50 ml of spirit.

Coffee is a diuretic and contains caffeine. Try to consume no more than one or two cups daily, but never after 3 p m.

Chocolate may make you happy because it triggers the brain to release dopamine, but contains caffeine. Do not eat to much after 5 p m if you want to sleep well.

Never overcook vegetables to a mush, prefer steaming to boiling or other healthy methods of cooking.

Cranberry juice is good cure for urinary infections. Use salt to increase flavour and palatability, but remember that there is no conclusive evidence that no salt reduces blood pressure.

Drink water as your thirst dictates.

Avoid eating carbohydrate rich foods after 5 p m.

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