Top 5 Foods with Hidden Health Benefits

Wednesday 9 July 2014 by

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There are a lot of things we should and shouldn’t eat. There are also a lot of “fad” foods that are meant to help you lose weight, combat various ailments and so on. They have been around for decades. But which of these foods actually work?

1. Cinnamon

Cinnamon has been proven to boost your metabolism (the rate at which your body processes food) by thinning the blood and improving circulation (also helping with heart disease). A bit of cinnamon a day helps you on your way to an improved metabolic rate. Try adding it to your breakfast by having a spiced almond and banana smoothie.

2. Peppermint

It’s well-known that mint can help soothe a stomach from a variety of troubles. Try a peppermint tea after a big meal or before bed to help with digestion.

3. Broccoli

Broccoli is brimming antioxidants, including vitamins C and E, lutein, and zeaxanthin, and so helps maintain healthy eyes, hair, and skin. Added to that, the calcium and potassium in broccoli help keep your bones and teeth strong. Try the BBC beef and broccoli one-pot for a quick dose of antioxidants.

4. Cranberries

Okay, so the sweetened cranberries you get are often too sugary to take in any huge dose, but the anthocyanins (anti-inflammatory antioxidants) in cranberries can help with arthritis and age-related memory loss.

5. Cheese

Be careful with cheese – it’s high in saturated fat. But cheese is good for the bones (as it’s a dairy product), but did you know it’s also good for tissue growth and repair, preventing macular degeneration, and protects your skin? The extra zinc in cheese is a perfect excuse for cheese on toast!

What health benefits have you discovered in every day foods?

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  1. One of my big go to foods is avocado. I try to eat a little bit every day, both because of how good they are for you and just because they are delicious. I spread it on my sandwiches and sometimes cut it up and put it in scrambled eggs 🙂

    –Katie at

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