The popular saying “you are what you eat” can be true in many ways, but that’s not the only way to look at food. Picture yourself and your diet as a movie based on your favourite childhood comic. The food that we eat on each and every day can be like our favourite superhero (name one), while others are like that bad villain preparing his next evil idea. Knowing the difference between toxic and super foods can make or break any healthy eating plan for weight loss.
Super Foods Save the Day
Little in calories but high in nutrients, super foods can have all of the taste of their less healthy counterparts. Eating these super foods doesn’t just amount to an easy home remedy for fat reduction. Studies have indicated that eating more of this kind of food can help boost your metabolism, lower bad cholesterol, and even reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.
Super foods come masked in many different forms. Avocados can be used in sandwiches as a replacement for lunch meats, or as a tasty add-on to vegetarian wraps. Avocados include the best kind of fat and are creamy and succulent.
Dark, leafy greens such as spinach and kale are also considered to be super foods. Next time you eat out, try adding some chicken on your salad to give it a boost of some much needed protein to help build lean, fat burning muscle mass. Consider washing down your salad with a tall glass of green tea, which is full of antioxidants and a metabolism-boosting compound.
Flaxseed, the new wonder food, has the capability to speed up cell metabolism in your body. You could try having some on your morning bowl of oatmeal as a way to elevate your energy as you go about your day.
There are other super foods such as:
Toxic Foods That Do Us Harm
Unfortunately, foods that ruin our diet and make us put on pounds are quickly accessible in any fast food and grocery store. Among the primary villains are diet sodas, which tend to have artificial sweeteners such as Aspartame and saccharin. These detrimental additives can alter brain neurochemistry and research studies have revealed that they contribute to obesity.
High-fructose corn syrup is another example that should be steered clear of whenever possible. Studies have linked it to obesity, brain damage, and low IQ. Corn syrup is commonly found in candy and soda, but it can also be available in other products such as granola bars and salad dressings, so consumers must be conscious.
Trans fat, or hydrogenated vegetable oils, should also be avoided. Regarded by many to be the worst type of fat, they raise one’s bad cholesterol and decrease good cholesterol.
Other toxic foods include:
White bread, pasta and other refined flour foods
Macaroni and cheese from a box
Processed table salt
Deep fried potato chips
Regardless whether it is in real life or in comic books, it helps to know the difference between the good and the bad. Moreover, this extends to all aspects of daily living, such as making food choices that can help you to lose weight and improve your overall health.