Here are a few specific foods and their health values and cautions:
- Fish- Fish are known to have Omega 3 Fatty acids and other helpful vitamins and minerals. Fish may lower your risk of strokes and heart attacks as well as contribute to brain health. Cautions involve the number of servings eaten in one week. Because of potential mercury content, I usually eat about 2 or, at the most, 3 servings of fish a week.
- Dark, leafy greens- Included in this category are kale, spinach, and lettuce such as Romaine, for example. They are rich in vitamins A, C, and K. Major cautions include the need to purchase or raise clean, healthy greens without infectious bacteria and awareness of pesticides used on inorganic greens.
- Red Beets- Beets have anti-inflammatory properties, are a good source of Vitamin C, and help the healing of wounds and iron absorption. Cautions include not eating an excess of beets in order to avoid diarrhea and urinary tract stones for those with a history of urinary tract stones.
- Blueberries- Blueberries have high antioxidant content. In layman’s terms, antioxidants can help slow down aging. Blueberries also may lower blood pressure, help prevent heart disease, and may help fight urinary tract infections to name a few benefits. Just like anything, too many blueberries can have some negative effects like hypoglycemia, stomach ache, and bloating from too much fiber to name a few. For most adults, a 0.5 cup daily of blueberries is ideal. However, most people do not overconsume blueberries and I recommend looking for at least some that are organic to purchase.
Four foods that have health values are fish, dark leafy greens, red beets, and blueberries. Although each has specific health values, there are also cautions that go with consuming each food.
How is your diet? Have you included these specific foods and understand their health values as well as cautions associated with them?
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