7 Trendy Foods That are Good For Your Health
When talking about trendy food, it is just like fashion — they come and go. Some foods may become popular at one time because of their potential health benefit. But the question is whether they have what it takes to remain. Get to know some of the trendy foods, also dubbed as superfoods by some, in the following paragraphs and their impact on your health.
Popular Trendy Foods
Agave is a substitute for sugar that is produced from cacti. It is considered healthier than granulated sugar because it is equal in calorie content with table sugar but has 1.5 times its sweetness. So, you tend to use less of it and you end up having lesser calorie intake.
The main benefit of Agave is its low glycemic index score. It is about 15 to 30, while sugar is 65. That means it doesn’t cause dangerous sudden spikes in blood sugar levels, therefore, it is a recommended sugar alternative for diabetics.
When thinking of its contribution to weight loss, it won’t do so much. A better option is to use stevia, which is a zero-calorie sweetener, or simply avoid products using refined sugar.
Almond butter is a great substitute for peanut butter. It gives the advantage of having less sugar and more protein compared to peanut butter.
Just don’t forget that nut butters are still high in calories and fat, so be sure to consume them in moderation.
There are a few milk alternatives in the market made especially for people who are lactose-intolerant and those who don’t consume animal products. More people are choosing rice milk, soy milk and almond milk nowadays because of their sensitivity to dairy products. The recommendation for people with a sensitive digestive system is rice milk. Vegans and those who want more protein and calcium from a natural source can have almond milk. Soy milk is best for women who need a boost on their hormones or older men who have prostate problems.
If you need to strictly regulate your sugar intake, buy the unsweetened nondairy milk. That is only if you need to because most nondairy milk products already contain no sugar or less sugar than the usual dairy milk. Also, you get the benefit of getting extra vitamin D or calcium because manufacturers often fortify nondairy milks.
Whole grains, such as millet, brown rice and quinoa, are rich in nutrients and dietary fiber. But the South American grain quinoa is more popular than the others today because of its higher protein content. It is also very versatile for use in many recipes.
Chia Seeds and Teff
Two more worth adding whole grains to your diet are chia seeds and teff. Chia seeds are perfect for bumping up the protein content of smoothies and it helps improve bowel movement. Teff is often used as substitute flour and is recommended for people who are gluten-intolerant and have digestive problems.
Fermented Food Products
People have been eating fermented foods, such as sauerkraut, pickles and yogurt, for years. Today, more choices of fermented foods are available, such as fermented beets, carrots, radishes and kimchi. Eating fermented foods helps keep the digestive system healthy because of the good bacteria they have if not pasteurized. Making this food product is not difficult and is one way of preserving your garden produce.
The use of coconut oil began in controversy because of its 13 grams of saturated fats per serving. However, the saturated fats that coconut oil contains are medium-chain fatty acids and not long-chain fatty acids, which are common in meat, eggs and milk. Research shows that the medium-chain fatty acids present in coconut can actually increase metabolic rate and slow down digestion, hence it helps promote the feeling of satiety and lessen hunger pangs. In addition, coconut oil has lauric acid, which can boost the immune system and is good for promoting infant health. Some athletes or cyclists also use it as a supplement to increase their endurance and speed.
Photo credits: Quinoa breakfast by Jennifer via Flickr, CC by 2.0