Cholesterol and Blood Sugar Helpers
Some foods rich in soluble fiber and/or plant sterols can help lower blood cholesterol levels, enhance digestive health and minimize the rise in blood sugar levels after a meal (good for diabetics).
Antioxidants help to prevent and repair damage done by free radicals in the environment. A diet rich in antioxidants may also enhance immunity and lower the risk of cancer. Antioxidants include some vitamins,minerals and flavonoids.
There are two kinds of fiber, soluble and insoluble, both are important for a healthy digestive system. Additionally, insoluble fiber adds bulk to the diet which is helpful for weight control. A diet high in both fibers can reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes.
Eating foods high in sodium may cause high blood pressure. Lower your consumption of high sodium foods and eat foods rich in potassium for good health. Most processed foods use sodium so if you stick to whole, less processed foods, you will naturally lower the sodium in your diet.
High Energy Foods
The best choices for energizing foods are ones that are rich in carbohydrates. Put these foods together along with low fat protein and high fiber foods for energy throughout the day.
Best To Buy Organic
The nonprofit Environmental Working Group says these 12 are among the most susceptible to pesticide residue, and thus most profitable to buy organic.