Live longer with these super foods
Foods that can not only help you lose weight, but actually extend your life would seem almost too good to be true, but a renowned cardiovascular nutrition expert says there are at least seven that you can eat to your heart’s content.
Vegetables and fruits, garlic, red and white wine, fish, dark chocolate and nuts are the secrets to good health, according to Dr. Ralph Felder.
“All of these together will lower your risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, heart attack and kidney failure by 75 percent and that translates into 6.4 years extra bonus for you and your family,” he said.
Felder said the extra benefits of these foods is that you can use them in recipes that will keep you from remembering that you are eating a healthful diet.
The fish should be grilled or broiled, and the wine should be limited to about five ounces.
Felder said the fruits and veggies are high in fiber and antioxidants that have been proven to prevent cancer, heart and digestive diseases and lower artery-clogging cholesterol.
The fruits and veggies also help with weight loss because they have a high water content and fill you up with fewer calories and a high nutrition content.
As for fish, we have all heard about the salmon, tuna and other cold water fish that are high in Omega-3 fatty acids, but those same health benefits can be found in a local seafood favorite.
“I think a lot of people don’t realize is that our own Louisiana seafood has Omega-3 fatty acids,” said Dr. Melinda Sothern.
“It doesn’t have as much as salmon obviously, but crawfish has the same fish oil.”
Garlic can be added to your dishes, and it can be taken as a supplement in pill form, but Felder said it is better to get it in its natural form.
For dessert, dark chocolate — chocolates high in cocoa content – and nuts can be accommodated into a diet.
“We know that chocolate helps to lower your blood pressure — now it has to be dark chocolate — will lower your blood pressure as much as pills do,” said Felder.
“Walnuts are very powerful foods and are associated with reductions in heart disease, diabetes…they are very full of good oils.”
Finally, Felder touts the benefits of wine — red or white — in helping raise good cholesterol levels.
Sothern adds that grape juice and red grapes can also give similar benefits, with grapes having the added benefit of fiber.
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Foods that can not only help you lose weight, but actually extend your life would seem almost too good to be true, but a renowned cardiovascular nutrition expert says there are at least seven that you can eat to your heartís content.