In recent years, there has been a ton of research suggesting the importance of transitioning to a plant-based diet, which, among other benefits, offers the best chance at preventing many chronic diseases. Here are four plant-based foods that are especially powerful for protecting your health.
1. Pomegranates are phenomenal super-fruits, filled with fiber, protein, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, and potassium. Several studies have confirmed that pomegranates are very high in antioxidants and are a natural anti-inflammatory. The tiny seeds may help lower blood pressure, fight breast and prostate cancer, protect against arthritis, and improve memory and exercise performance. Pomegranate juice is an excellent way to consume pomegranates. Each 8 oz. bottle of POM Wonderful 100 percent Pomegranate Juice contains the juice from two whole fruits and nothing more — no added sugar, artificial flavors, colors, or cheap filler juices. And it’s Non-GMO Project Certified.
2. Pistachios are packed with amazing nutrients, such as B-complex vitamins, healthy monounsaturated fats, protein, fiber, vitamin E, copper, and other minerals. Studies show that daily consumption of nuts like pistachios may reduce the risk of heart disease and lower blood pressure. Wonderful Pistachios are available in a variety of flavors so that they appeal to almost anyone. Besides, what can be more fun that cracking open your pistachios while you watch a favorite movie? These are my go-to snack when I am looking for something crunchy.
3. I love Grapefruit. Do you know that half of a grapefruit contains more than 100 percent of your daily recommended vitamin C? It is also high in vitamin A, and both vitamins C and A are great for your immune system. Also, vitamin C helps give you energy and vitamin A protects your eyes. And I love that grapefruit is great for heart health. A recent study found that a diet supplemented with fresh red grapefruit positively influences blood lipid levels, especially triglycerides. My favorite grapefruit is Sweet Scarletts Texas Red Grapefruit. They are always so fresh and sweet that even my kids love them.
4. Last, but not least, I adore Mandarin Oranges. They’re perfect in salads and I love mixing them with yogurt and granola. High in vitamin C and powerful phytonutrients, cancer research has revealed that eating mandarin oranges can lower your risk of developing liver cancer. My favorites are Halo Mandarin Oranges, which are grown in California and are easy to peel. You can add them to breakfast, lunch, or a snack in no time.
Whether you are looking for a healthy snack or a nutritious, delicious supplement for any meal, try adding these four powerful plant-based foods to your diet. They will really help boost your health and make you feel great!
Posts by Kelly Springer, RD
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