When trying to live a healthy lifestyle and even when trying to lose weight it can be very useful knowing what foods are actually good for your body.
Some foods you might think are healthy actually are not. For this reason we have created a healthy food list for you to refer to whenever you need to.
We also list a few of the food options that you may think are healthy but in fact are bad for your health if consumed in large quantities over a long period of time.
Healthy Food List:
The healthiest food you can give your body is in fact fruits. There is a wide range of fruits known as super fruits that offer so many benefits for your body. These fruits are packed with antioxidant which are essential for eliminating harmful substances and chemicals from your body, improve digestion and of course improve your fat burning abilities.
Research has shown that it has twice as many antioxidants in it than green tea has. This means great detox properties as well as improved digestion.
One kiwi provides more than the RDA of vitamin C. Research has shown that the higher levels of vitamin C you have in your blood the more fat your body will burn off during exercise.
This is another super fruit with so many health benefits. It is an excellent fruit for detoxing your body due to the amount of antioxidants it has, it is great for preventing bloating and an excellent way of minimizing the appearance of …………………cellulite.
It also has many other health benefits such as boosting your immune system and being used to help treat urinary tract infections.
Many people believe this fruit to be full of fat meaning it shouldn’t be on any healthy food list but the fact is the fat within the avocada is monounsaturated which is an essential fat needed for your body to stay …………………healthy and trim.
This good fat helps to regulate blood sugar levels prevent sugars in your body from simply being stored as fat and instead used for energy.
Again these are packed with antioxidants. They are excellent for improving brain function and keeping your vision in good condition.
Research has also shown that blueberries can help improve the metabolism of sugars and fats in your body meaning you lose more weight as more fats and sugars are used up for energy and less are stored as unwanted fat.
The DailyMail posted an article on the benefit of blueberries you can read it by visiting: How Blueberries can help battle buldge
6- Acai Berries
This is an even more beneficial fruit than blueberries. They have twice as many antioxidants as blueberries as well as having protein, omega fatty acids and fibre.
It is an excellent fruit for helping you lose weight as it greatly improves digestion, detoxifies your body and really boosts your overall energy levels.
This healthy food list is by no means an exhausted list of the best foods you can eat when trying to keep healthy and lose weight. In fact this is just a short list of the super fruits that are extremely beneficial. But if you do add as many as these fruits into your diet as a healthy snack option you will see great benefits.
Your skin, hair and nails will be greatly improved, you will feel less sluggish and tired throughout the day and you will basically notice a difference in your overall well being and how you feel.
Foods that should not be on a healthy food list!
Here is just a few food items that you might think are healthy but in fact are actually quite bad for your body in terms of maintaining health and fighting the flab.
Don’t be fooled by the name Veggie chips, these chips although you would imagine them to be a healthier option to potato chips or crisps actually contain the exact same calories and fat in most cases.
In the majority of cases these chips only contain a measly 10 calories less which isn’t a huge difference at all.
**Broccoli and chedder soup**
Just because there is broccoli in this soup doesn’t mean its a healthy option. The fact that the other main ingredient is cheddar means that it is packed with unhealthy fats and therefore high in calories. There isn’t enough broccoli in the soup either to provide you with even one serving of broccoli. So when soups such as this are on the menu be careful that you aren’t tricked into thinking it would be on a healthy food list just because it contains a small amount of veg.
**Vitamin Enriched water**
Vitamin are essential for your body, so you would imagine that vitamins added to water is the perfect combination for optimal health. But no this is not the case.
These drinks also contain sugar and calories that you may not be aware of. Usually the label will list only half the amount of calories in the bottle so be sure to read it correctly. If it says 100 calories in 250 mls make sure that’s how much is in the bottle.
Plain water even if it has a squeeze of lemon is the only calorie free drink that is completely healthy for you.
**Raisin’s covered with yoghurt**
Raisins are a fruit right? so they must be healthy! and yes they are to a certain extent but if they are yoghurt covered raisins this changes things. The yoghurt that coves the raisin isn’t as nutritious as your every day yoghurt. It is in fact a mixture of sugar, oils, yoghurt powder and dried milk.
This little snack is also ridiculously high in calories with just 1/4 of a cup containing 130 calories and so therefore should never be added to a healthy food list.
You may be fooled into thinking that diet drinks are the best alternative to other full fat drinks, but the fact is that even diet drinks are believed to but your body at increased risk of suffering from osteoporosis.
It is believed that dark soda’s contain phosphoric acid which is believed to take calories from your bones making them more fragile over time. These drinks also do not hydrate your body which is essential for proper digestion and therefore weight loss.
As you can see a lot of these foods i’m sure you would mistake for being healthy, but further research and investigation indicates that they should never be found on a healthy food list due to high calories and bad fat content.
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