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Essential Facts About the Foods You Eat

Updated on March 10, 2013

Here are some information about common foods that you eat.

Iceberg Lettuce

One of the most popular vegetable in United States is not actually versatile; it tastes good yet lacks vitamins and nutrients compared with broccoli, peas, soy beans and other green-leafy vegetables. Better alternative is to mix this vegetable with those nutritious vegetables.

Potatoes and other potato-based products (French fries, potato gravy, potato chips)

Potatoes and other potato-based products are low in fat and loaded with nutrients but also contain lots of carbohydrates that can be instantly transformed to sugar in the body. You can afford not to eat potatoes, if you’re diet conscious.


An apple a day keeps the doctor away, this saying is indeed true, to enjoy this natural energy loaded fruit try to make variations, look for possibilities to add apple to your routine like having it with slices of banana, milk (evaporated), and sugar, or mix with berries on cereals or perhaps pair it with peaches / melons after meal or try to whip out other exciting ideas of enjoying eating an apples.

Catsup (try also salsa, tomato paste and plain tomatoes)

Catsup is a very good source of Lycopene, people that has a great amount of catsup on their meal will help them prevent the risk of heart disease and certain cancers.


Most salad dressings have a lot of sugar and salt, and lack nutrients. Salad with oil-and-vinegar is loaded with heart friendly monounsaturated fats.


Reduce cookies when you are in a diet for they contain lots of carbohydrates. If you have different kinds of cookies, your family and you, tends to eat more of this yummy treat.


If you hate eating some kind of vegetables don’t force yourself to eat. Variety is the answer; you could eat other vegetables make an effort to make them enjoyable to eat by adding them to your salad, soup, stews, sides, salsas, and sauces.

The powerhouse phytochemicals are commonly found in vegetables. Some of the well-known phytochemicals are, Flavonoids, may lower risk of cancers, and common in citrus fruits, onions, and apples. Indoles another phytochemical is rich in vegetables like broccoli and Brussels sprouts, and could ward off chronic diseases. Caretonoids (which give color to carrots and oranges and yellow produce), Lutein, Xeanthin, and Lycopene may offer our body protection against coronary-artery disease, cataracts, macular degeneration and cancer.


Drinking juice are indeed good and refreshing, most people have the habit of having it as a morning routine, remember, though that juice has more calories and less fiber than fruit. Some juice also contains sugar.


If you are not fond of this soybean-based food, you can still acquire the benefits of Soya beans, by having it roasted as a good snack, or having soymilk as a shake.

Soy foods, a plant estrogen, are rich in Isoflavones. The benefits of eating risk foods are lessen blood-lipid levels and reduce risk of breast, ovaries, endometrium and prostate cancers and menopausal symptoms will pose no worries.


Meat is a very good source of complete protein, you can enjoy bacon and any burgers. You can enjoy bacon, and any burgers but just one to two times a month. If you’re conscious about your weight, you can integrate a small amount of meat to many dishes like stir-fries, salads and pasta source. Meat is also considered brain foods.


A better alternative to fat laden red meat is the fish & shellfish that are a potent source of omega-3 fatty acids that reduces risk of heart disease and prostate cancer. Shellfish, flounder, cod, tilapia, herring & sardines are loaded with omega-3s but have toxin contents.

Although seafood is not perfect, for fish especially the oily types have the ability to concentrate toxins in their flesh, like heavy metal mercury swordfish, shark, tilefish, & mackerel (king) have the highest levels of mercury. Salmon can also contain levels of PCBs which is indeed bothering, children, and pregnant or nursing women are advice to eat 340 grams or less of fish per week & to avoid sword, shark, mackerel & tilefish to play safe.


Also contains complete proteins & packed with vitamins A, B-12, folic acid & riboflavin but egg’s cholesterol is twice more than that of beef. The biggest bargain in a grocery but three to four a week is considered many.

Nuts and Beans

Nuts and beans are loaded with protein, vitamins, minerals and oils that can be beneficial for you. Instead of eating junk foods, almonds, walnuts, pecan & peanuts are better alternatives.

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