Friday, August 1, 2014

21 Super Foods

You've probably heard of “super foods.” This book clearly explains what they are and why they are so good for you.

I learned that grapes contain resveratrol which has been shown to increase life span in several species. The pomegranate has unique properties which help protect the inner lining of arteries and there is good fat in salmon. There are cancer inhibiting aspects of sprouts and mushrooms are brain food. Garlic is effective in so many areas and spinach is good for people who smoke. Goji berries are the highest antioxident energy food on the planet. Yams are an anti-inflammatory food.

There is so much to learn from this book. For example, “as a whole, cancers feed on sugar. So when you choose to eat sugar, you are giving cancer its favorite food.” (60) They have included a great deal in the book about why certain foods are healthy for you while others are not. The chemicals and processes involved are explained well.

Some of the foods I knew were good for me, like oatmeal. I had no idea that it is a natural way to increase levels of serotonin, however. Other foods were a surprise to me, such as celery which seems to lower blood pressure. I knew tomatoes were good for me. They are the best source of lycopene, which contains powerful antioxidents. But I did not know cooked tomatoes are better for us than raw ones. The cooking breaks down the cell walls, releasing more of the beneficial carotenoids. I had no idea citrus and chocolate can be potential headache-trigger foods or that (at least 70 percent) chocolate can lower blood pressure..

I have just touched on a few of the super foods described in this book and the nutritional information it contains. There are a few recipes included too, such as juice recipes to target specific conditions. There is also the reminder of the importance of organic foods, and they identify some that are particularly susceptible to retaining pesticide chemicals.

If you want to eat a healthy diet, this book will get you on the right path. It is short and very easy to digest.

Siloam (Charisma Media), 122 pages.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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