Five Surprising Foods That Can Help You Live Longer
It seems like one of those health claims that are too good to be true: eat this one food and lose five pounds instantly, or try this pill and eat whatever you want without gaining weight! But are there really foods that can help you live longer? Turns out there are, and they are probably foods you already have in your fridge or pantry. What makes the following five foods so special, besides the fact that they may seem more like guilty pleasures than health foods? They contain beneficial compounds that can decrease your risk of certain cancers, keep your heart healthy, or promote anti-aging.
You may just see it as chocolate, one of the greatest foods ever invented. But scientists and researchers love chocolate for an entirely different reason: organic compounds called flavonoids that are contained in cacao beans may reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and help prevent heart disease. So which chocolate is the best to grab? Pick dark chocolate that has at least 70% cacao because it has more flavonoids as compared to the sugar laden chocolates many Americans consume.
Maybe you already know that walnuts are nutrition superstars thanks to their omega-3s, which help lower cholesterol and cut your risk of heart disease. But what really makes walnuts the nut to choose is the fact that they have twice the antioxidants of other popular nuts! Plus, walnuts are a great snack because they can help you feel full due to the healthy fat and proteins they contain.
Wondering what to pair with that healthy chocolate? How about a glass of red wine? The resveratrol, which is a compound naturally found in red wine, has benefits ranging from anti-aging to anti-inflammatory. The antioxidants in a few glasses of wine can help keep blood pressure and cholesterol levels in check, plus wine helps prevent type 2 diabetes. So don’t feel guilty for enjoying your nightcap, in moderation of course.
Men (and many women) love their coffee, right? Well, if you are a man, that habit may be decreasing your risk of prostate cancer by 20-60%! In a 2011 Harvard study, it didn’t matter whether it was regular or decaf, the results were the same: men who drank between one and six cups of coffee a day have a lower risk of developing prostate cancer and a lower risk of dying from the disease. Now, there’s a good reason to raise your mug!
Poor eggs receive a bad rap, but there are actually many important health benefits that come from eating them. The choline in eggs may help you have a better memory when you are older, and the carotenoids may prevent eye problems in older adults, such as cataracts and macular degeneration. So have an omelet, or try them boiled, scrambled or over easy. Just make sure you give eggs a chance.