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protein food

Benefits of Protein

High protein foods that contain all 9 essential amino acids include: meat, poultry, fish, eggs, milk, cheese, yogurt, and soy. Protein sources that contain all 9 essential amino acids are also refered to as “complete” proteins. What is Protein? Proteins are sequenced combinations of 20 amino acids. 9 of those amino acids are considered essential […]

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Health Benefits of Fiber

Eating foods that are high in fiber can help to prevent conditions such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes mellitus, colorectal cancer, diverticular disease, and IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). Eating foods high in fiber can also help with weight control. Foods that are high in fiber include: legumes, vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole grains, and seeds. […]

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Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Essential Fatty Acids

Eating foods that are high in essential fatty acids (EFAs) and other healthy fatty acids can help to prevent conditions such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, vision problems, and birth defects. What are Fatty Acids? Fatty acids are basic units of fat molecules arranged as chains of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. Fats are mixtures […]

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Carbohydrates foods

Benefits of Carbohydrates

Foods that are high in carbohydrates include breads, pastas, beans, vegetables, whole grains, bran, cereals, processed baked goods, processed sugars, and fruits. The best source of “good” carbohydrates is vegetables, sprouted grains, beans, legumes,nuts and seeds (in moderation), and fruits. Eating vegetables that are nutrition dense and high in complex carbohydrates can help to prevent […]

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Flavonoids foods

Flavonoids Supplements

Eating foods that are high in flavonoids can help to prevent conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases including alzheimer’s and parkinson’s disease. Foods that are high in flavonoids include: tea, red wine, fruits, vegetables, and legumes What are Flavonoids? Flavonoids are nutritional compounds with antioxidant Effects. Function of Flavonoids: The dietary intake […]

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Chlorophyll - Health Benefits and Natural Food Sources

Chlorophyll – Health Benefits and Natural Food Sources

Chlorophyll is the green pigment that gives plants and algae their green color. Chlorophyll is an antioxidant nutrient and also an essential component in photosynthesis, the process which allows plants to obtain energy from the sun. Plants use chlorophyll to trap light that’s needed for photosynthesis. Although the natural chlorophyll found in green plants and […]

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Carotenoids

Carotenoids Foods

Eating foods that are high in carotenoids can help to prevent illnesses such as cardiovascular disease and some cancers. Studies show that eating foods that are high in lycopene can help to reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer, particularly the more aggressive forms. Eating foods that are high in lutein and zeaxanthin may help […]

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Zinc

Health Benefits of Zinc

Eating foods that are high in zinc can help prevent conditions such as impaired growth and development, delayed neurological and behavioral development in young children, increased susceptibility to infectious diseases, and pregnancy complications. Eating foods high in zinc may also help to slow age-related decline in immune function for the elderly. More studies are being […]

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Sodium

Benefits of Sodium

Eating a large amount of foods that are high in sodium can cause adverse effects such as gastric cancer, osteoporosis, kidney stones, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease. Foods that are high in sodium include: table salt, sea salt, and seaweed. Processed foods such as cured meats and potato chips contain very large amounts of sodium. What […]

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selenium food

Sources of Selenium

Eating foods that are high in selenium can help to prevent conditions such as impaired immune system function, viral infections, and cancer. Foods high in selenium include: meat, chicken, fish, brazil nuts, and brown rice. What is Selenium? Selenium is an essential mineral in small amounts, but can be toxic in larger amounts. Function of […]

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