All foods have varying levels and types of nutrients, minerals, vitamins and essential ingredients that help us to thrive and remain in good health. What many of us fail to realize is that the way in which we consume and prepare our foods has a large impact on the amount of all of these health-boosting agents that our body receives. Everything from the temperature at which a food is cooked, to the healthy gut bacteria within the person consuming the food, all play key roles in nutrient absorption within the body itself.
All fruit and vegetables are not created the same. It’s often thought that eating these foods raw gives you the best amount of healthy properties, but this is not always the case. Take a look at some of the foods and ingredients that we consume the most of, but are probably not doing so in the healthiest way possible.
When it comes to mustard, the majority of us opt in for the plain yellow variety and call it a day. However, if you’re fancy with your condiments, you’ll go a step above and spread the fancier Grey Poupon on your hot dogs. Well, fancier may not be better, according to recent studies on just how mustard helps keep the body healthy and strong.
The garden variety, run-of-the-mill, extremely yellow mustards typically have a large amount of the compound curcumin in them, and this is proven to help decrease inflammation in the body, as well as lower the overall risk for certain forms of cancer. So, the yellow-er your mustard, the healthier it may be for you.
Chopping and sprinkling is generally the preferred method for adding a little flavor to your meals with garlic; however, definitive research shows that the act of crushing your garlic and then letting it sit for ten minutes, helps to release the allicin enzyme further into the garnish. This enzyme is known for helping to significantly reduce the threat of cardiovascular illness through the use of smooth platelets in the body.
Your salad is actually less healthy when you drape it in low fat dressing. Opting for the full-fat version, and using only a minimal amount, actually helps you to feel fuller for longer, and you’re allowing more nutrient absorption into the gut and the body this way.
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