Foods That Deserve an Image Makeover
We’ve all heard of super foods, those amazing and often delicious choices that provide your body with powerful nutrition and antioxidants. It turns out that what we eat has an amazing effect on our mood, weight, life outlook, disease prevention and overall health. There are even some foods that help cleanse your body of toxins, reverse damage done by poor choices, or jump start weight loss by aiding digestion. However, some of the foods that can powerfully boost your health also have to overcome a negative perception, from strong odors to high fat content. Take a closer look at some of these “bad rap” foods and see the many benefits they can provide to your health.
Broccoli sometimes gets a bad rap because of the strong smell when cooking, or for its mushy texture when overcooked. And who can forget former President Bush’s famous dislike of broccoli? But broccoli is a powerfully nutritious and versatile food that can be used in salads, casseroles, side dishes and even eaten raw. Plus, broccoli is packed with antioxidants and has been shown to help reduce certain cancers, along with related “cruciferous” vegetables such as cauliflower, cabbage and Brussels sprouts.
Avocados have a high fat reputation, but that doesn’t mean you should shun them from your diet. First of all, avocados actually contain plenty of “good” fat, such as heart healthy monounsaturated fatty acids. They also contain a compound that can help the intestines block certain fats from being absorbed and causing damage! Guacamole? Yes, please!
Poor garlic is still the scapegoat for many bouts of bad breath. But garlic may be able to redeem its reputation once people learn that not only is it anti-bacterial, but it can also help boost the immune system. Who wouldn’t love to be sick less often? Garlic also has flavenoids that produce an antioxidant that helps maintain liver health.
Chances are you won’t ever meet a person who proclaims their favorite food is beets. These dark red vegetables may take some getting used to, but once you learn about all the benefits of beets, they will probably show up on your plate more often. The same pigments that give beets their color also help beets give your body the tools it needs to fight inflammation. Beets also help your body repair and regenerate cells, especially in your liver, where healthy cells are necessary to help this important organ detoxify your body.