3 key ingredients for a healthy diet


3 key ingredients for a healthy diet

The best cure to any disease is prevention. And the best way to prevent disease is to take steps within your diet. Raw food enthusiast, Adele from Vegie Head, recommends using these 3 ingredients in your cooking:

Brown rice

A versatile whole grain, brown rice is rich in B-complex vitamins, fibre, niacin and magnesium. Brown rice is a wonderful addition to curry, salads, soups and even breakfasts.

Amazing avocado. Avocados allow for the absorption of other carotenoids, such as beta-carotene and lycopene – which are essential for heart health.

One cup of avocado has 23 per cent of the recommended daily value of folate. Studies show that people who eat diets rich in folate have a much lower incidence of heart disease than those who don’t. The vitamin E, monounsaturated fats, and glutathione in avocado are also great for your heart.

Add avocado to smoothies (great if you have little kids who won’t eat it!), salads, spread on wholegrain toast with sliced tomatoes and even cubed into a Mexican-inspired soup.

Coconut oil
Coconut oil has long been avoided due to its high levels of fat. Coconut oil is a saturated fat, however, it is a medium-chain fatty acid – one of the only other sources are human breast milk! Coconut oil is recognised as an immediate energy source by the body and isn’t stored the same way other fats are.

There are two different types of cholesterol: high-density lipoproteins (good cholesterol) and low-density lipoproteins (bad cholesterol.) While the bad cholesterol gets deposited in the inner walls of arteries and poses a threat for the heart (in extreme cases, it can cause heart attacks), the good cholesterol does just the opposite. It helps lower the level of bad cholesterol, provides energy and nutrition to cells and benefits the body in other ways, too.

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