Archive for January 23rd, 2012

Superfoods You Should Be Eating for Your Health

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

When you compare health insurance quotes, they may be lower if you adopt healthy behaviors like not smoking and maintaining a healthy weight.  I wonder if you can get a discount on your health insurance quotes by eating some of the seven healthiest foods.  While that may be a stretch, keeping healthy is important and if simply eating the right foods can help you with that, why not do it.  According to Matthew Thompson’s Eating Well article, “7 of the healthiest foods you should be eating but aren’t,” there are great health benefits to some foods that you aren’t likely eating.

Kale is filled with antioxidants to fight cancer, as well as Vitamins A & C, so try to eat more of this dark green vegetable.  While many people are turned off by the thought of sardines, Rachael Ray assures me they just add a salty, nutty flavor.  They are also Vitamin D and the omega-3 fats that keep your heart healthy and your mood happy.  Pomegranates are fairly time-consuming to prepare, but are well worth it for their antioxidants that fight off cancer, Alzheimers, and heart disease.  Drinking pomegranate juice is much easier and still low in calories and rich in antioxidants.

The high fiber and slow-release carbohydrates in oatmeal help to make it a superfood.  These things help lower your bad cholesterol and your body fat.  Quinoa is loaded with both fiber and protein and cooks up fast.  The combination of high fiber and protein also helps you feel full for longer.  Kefir is a dairy product similar to yogurt but in a drinkable form.  Its filled with probiotics to keep your immune system working hard and almost one-third of your daily calcium.  Lentils are good for protein, fiber, iron, and folate.  These are surely not the only superfoods, but they are those that the author believes are most overlooked.  Health insurance companies welcome any healthy behavior by their participants and may even promote eating some of these superfoods.