Superfoods are all the rage, but most of us never get around to try them and when we do, a super expensive price tag makes us reach for something more familiar. It is not easy keeping up with all the trends. But, you might just end up making healthier food choices, because many of these familiar foods that we always have in our cupboards are indeed superfood worthy!
Good ol’ peanut butter is most likely the best example. Most of us grew up with peanut butter and jam sandwiches and still make them for our kid’s lunchboxes. Peanut butter is packed with resveratrol, a plant compound that boasts anti-aging properties, says registered dietitian Keri Gans, author of The Small Change Diet. What’s more, a recent analysis found that the stuff also appears to lower insulin sensitivity, potentially reducing your risk for diabetes. So, do not feel bad next time you opt for peanut butter instead of almond butter. Just make sure you reach for the ‘no added sugar’ option.
We know that carbs are shunned nowadays, but Oats could do no wrong in our eyes. This food is to say the least, a fiber explosion. It contains both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fibers form a viscous gel that helps to lower cholesterol and stabilize blood glucose levels. The insoluble fiber in oats helps provide a “moving” experience by curtailing constipation and improving intestinal health. It can also help you stay fuller for longer and putting a stop to cravings.
Something that you have sitting in your spice drawer at home might surprise you with its incredible health benefits. Touted as one of the healthiest spices in the world, cinnamon is one of the most unsuspecting of foods. In a study that compared the antioxidant activity of 26 spices, cinnamon wound up as the clear winner, even outranking “superfoods” like garlic and oregano. By sprinkling cinnamon in your coffee, yogurt, or on your fruit, you can help fight diabetes, inflammation, and bacteria.
We thought you might want to do something with this information, so watch this space for Friday’s recipe!