5 Healthful Holiday Foods
Many foods we eat during the holidays have nutrients that may help prevent disease. “There’s an added benefit to obtaining these vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals from a variety of foods, since they work synergistically to create positive health effects,” says Melissa Ohlson, M.S., R.D., a spokesperson for the Cleveland Clinic Heart Center. Among those that pack a nutritional punch:
1. Sweet Potatoes have a high amount of potassium, fiber, and the antioxidant beta-carotene.
2. Pomegranate fruit is one of the most potent sources of antioxidants, such as polyphenols and anthocyanins, which may help reduce the buildup of plaque in arteries, lessening the risk of heart disease.
3. Cranberries High in compounds called tannins, cranberries have been linked to a decrease in urinary tract infections, gum disease, and some types of ulcers because of their antibacterial effect. Tannins also may play a role in reducing the risk of heart disease and some cancers.
4. Lentils have high levels of fiber and may help reduce cholesterol levels and maintain blood sugar
5. Cocoa. In addition to iron and magnesium, a cup of this beverage can provide you with twice the amount of antioxidants found in red wine and triple that of tea, according to a study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry.
source: Cooking Light