SUPERFOODS FOR SUMMER
» Coconut Oil– One study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that subjects who ate coconut oil lost overall weight and belly fat faster than a group consuming the same amount of olive oil.
» Flax and Chia Seeds– Animal studies suggest a chia-rich diet can lower harmful LDL cholesterol and protect the heart, and a recent study in the journal Hypertension found that daily consumption of flax-seed-fortified bakery products reduced blood pressure in patients with peripheral artery disease.
» Eggs– Eggs are the single best dietary source of the B vitamin choline, an essential nutrient used in the construction of all the body’s cell membranes. Two eggs will give you half your day’s worth; only beef liver has more. Research has shown dieters who eat eggs for breakfast have an easier time losing weight.
» Avocado– A scoop of guacamole is one of the most effective hunger-squashers known to man. In a study published in Nutrition Journal, participants who ate half a fresh avocado with lunch reported a 40% decreased desire to eat for hours afterward.
» Apples (with skin on)- A recent study found those who paired their apple-a-day habit with 30 minutes of exercise two to four times per week saw a 7.4% decrease in the rate of visceral fat accumulation over the same time period. But don’t peel your apple if you want to peel off the pounds. A study conducted at the University of Western Australia found that the blushing varieties (such as Pink Ladies) had the highest level of antioxidant phenols, most of which are found in the skin.
» Cinnamon– A series of studies printed in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that adding a heaping teaspoon of cinnamon to a starchy meal may help stabilize blood sugar and ward off insulin spikes.
» Lettuce– Move over King Kale. In a new William Paterson University study that compared the 47 top superfoods by nutrient volume, the trendy green came in a respectable-but unremarkable- 15th on the list. Ranking higher: watercress, spinach, leafy green lettuce and endive.
» Hummus– A recent study published in the journal Obesity found people who ate a single serving a day of garbanzo beans or chickpeas (which form the basis of hummus) reported feeling 31% fuller than their bean-less counterparts.
For those of you trying to get pregnant, take a look at this interesting article. You’ll be reaching for some extra pomegranates this summer!!