Improve Nutrition With These 3 Foods

Want to vastly improve your diet and add essential nutrition? Incorporate omega 3 oils, live culture yogurt and pineapple into your meal plans. You don’t have to eat all of these foods every day, but think of eating fish once to twice a week. Use olive oil over others, and take fresh pineapple fruit salad to work, along with small containers of live culture yogurt. Omega 3 oils are good for the heart, live culture yogurt improve digestion and pineapple has bromelian for digestion, too.

Food #1: Omega 3 Oils

Add omega 3 oils from fatty fish, olive and flax seed oils to keep your risk for cardiac disease low. These oils are a better choice than saturated fats such as fat on red meat, poultry or fried foods (which contain trans fats).

Add omega 3 oils to your diet by consuming fatty fish such as wild-caught salmon, mackerel or sardines. Omega 3 oils are heart-healthy in that they do not increase the risk for high blood pressure.  Olive and flax seed oils also provide omega 3.

Cook with olive oil as you would any oil: in stir-fries or use in place of butter in cookies, quick breads, muffins and pancakes. You will be reducing the saturated fat intake from butter.

Flax seed oil should be consumed raw, drizzled over salads, steamed vegetables, or even popcorn or pasta. You cannot cook (heat) flax seed as it will go rancid. You can grind up flax seeds and sprinkle over salads, or bake them in cookies.

Food #2: Live Culture Yogurt

Eating more live culture yogurt will add calcium for healthy bones, skin and teeth, and help improve digestion. Live cultures include lactobacillus bifidus.  These live cultures are probiotics, such as lactobacillus bifidus. When you eat live culture yogurt, you feed the friendly bacteria in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract to improve digestion.

Yogurt is also more easily digested than cow’s milk and high in protein. A cup of non-fat yogurt has 10 to 14 grams of protein (depending on the brand of yogurt) and about 10 grams of naturally-occurring sugars from the milk.  Choose live yogurts sweetened with real fruit juice, or maple syrup over cane juice or sugar.

Food #3: Pineapple

Consume more fresh pineapple, which contains bromelain to improve digestion. Many enzyme supplements actually contain bromelain, too. As we get older, we may produce less hydrochloric acid (HCl) in the stomach, making digestion sluggish or even resulting in occasional constipation.

Pineapple contains bromelain which can improve digestion. Many enzyme supplements have bromelain or papaya fruit. After the age of 30, many people might notice their digestion is not as active. This is because the stomach acids, including hydrochloric acid (HCl), might be at lower levels.

Eating fresh pineapple or taking enzymes containing pineapple might help. Pineapple also provides vitamin C, which promotes healthy skin and fast wound healing.

Incorporate these foods into your eating regimens, and begin improving your nutrition today!r


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