Nov 29, 2010

5 Inexpensive foods that boost up your health

These 5 inexpensive foods you should eat everyday for optimum health:

Swiss chard
 1. Leafy greens

Leafy greens like Swiss chard, kale and spinach are high in nutrients like folate and vitamins A and C that can lower your risk of cancer. Just one cup of dark, leafy greens a day could also prevent diabetes and high blood pressure.

2. Nuts

Nuts like almonds, cashews and walnuts are high in natural fiber. Fiber slows your digestive process, keeping hunger and unhealthy mid-afternoon snacks at bay.

3. Onions

Studies show that consuming onions on a regular basis may reduce symptoms of asthma and the risk of developing stomach cancer. Add them to soups and stir-fry, and just remember -- the stronger the onion, the greater the health benefit.

4. Whole grains

Refined grains, like white rice and pasta, have lost 90% of their nutritional value through the refining process. So choose whole grains like brown rice, quinoa and whole oats. A recent study showed that a diet rich in whole grains help flatten your belly by reducing fat storage in your lower abdominal region.

5. Yogurt

Making yogurt part of your daily eating routine can improve your digestion -- if you're buying the right stuff. Check that the label lists "active cultures" to make sure you're getting healthy probiotics, and pick a yogurt rich in vitamin D to prevent osteoporosis.