There is so much information on foods, nutrients and meal plans that it is easy to get confused about what’s good and what’s not! Yes, foods that are processed or refined have to leave your plates but there are some foods that have been mistaken to cause weight gain.
It’s time to unravel some truth!
They provide easily absorbable Vitamin A that possesses high antioxidant properties which protect the body from cell damage and help build immunity. Make sure you don’t buy the apricots with added sugar. Combine them with a handful of nuts or yogurt as a snack.
They make a great addition to our balanced diet. They are rich in anti-microbial properties and fibre. They are high in fructose, natural fruit sugar which keeps the cravings away and provides quick fuel. They are also rich in potassium and magnesium. The best time to eat is in the first half of the day with other nutrient rich foods such as peanut/almond butter or plain nuts as it improves the liver’s ability to absorb nutrients.
Carrots are disregarded because its considered as a starchy vegetable. But, very rarely is it known that they come with the most immunity boosting properties and has anti-carcinogenic and anti-inflammatory effects in the body. It has shown control cholesterol and blood pressure levels. When carrots are eaten raw, they’re higher in antiseptic phytochemicals compounds that inhibit the growth of unfriendly microorganisms. Grate them in your curd or cut them into sticks and eat them with hummus as a snack.
Contrary to the misconception, including dates to your diet is a good idea. It’s a good source of carotenoids, antioxidants and dietary fibre. A good mid meal option and if eaten in moderation, it is great for recovery and restoration that allows the liver to maximize over 2000 chemical functions.
5. Egg Plant:
These purple beauties have been in use for remedial purpose since ages, could it really be that bad for your diet. Well, they are lower in calories and high in moisture content. The anthocyanins and chlorogenic acid in eggplants function as antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that help the immune system. Add this colour to your diet as a Baba Ganoush dip or good old Baingan ka Bharta!
Grapes are often a big no – no when it comes to eaten as a fruit while dieting. A big reason for underestimation is the high sugar content. Eating them wisely by combining them with a handful of nuts slows down the release of the sugar. Grapes contain a unique component – Resveratrol which is an antioxidant. They are good when eaten in moderation and not with another meal.
This sweet treat is high in potassium. It contains a unique phytochemical compound that helps the liver’s immune system that creates abscesses. Dominant in Vitamin C and Vitamin A. Avoid eating it in a juice form or with your main meals and eat upto ¾ cup of whole fruit a day.
Despite the higher sugar content, Melons are a great way to satiate your sugar cravings and hydrate yourselves in this summer heat. They flush toxins out of the intestinal tract and help rebuild hydrochloric acid reserves in the stomach.
9. Whole grain Rice:
Rice being rich in starch is thought of providing only carbohydrates. But it is a rich source of B1, B2 and B3. The less processed rice varieties like parboiled rice/red rice or brown rice are richer in nutrients like magnesium, phosphorous and fibre.
Eating a cup of cooked rice in the first half of the day paired with lean protein and cooked vegetable or salad makes a good combination.
10. Sweet Potato:
Potato in a weight loss diet? YES!
Sweet Potatoes keep you satiated for a longer duration because of the high fibre content and low glycaemic index. They are rich in health promoting compounds such as anthocyanins and beta carotene and have anti cancerous properties. The high vitamin A present in them helps strengthen the immune system and enhance gut function.
So let’s not refrain ourselves from these natural whole foods but just make sure to eat them in moderation. This will make sure we get in the right nutrients but are also shedding those extra kilos.