Food contains a wonderful array of surprises. We have all experienced biting into an unfamiliar food and being surprised by its delightful texture, color, flavor, or smell. Tying in with that, a food’s nutritional value can be shocking as well!
Danielle Moyer, instructor in our Nutrition Consultant Online Program, reveals five foundational fun facts about food to support health.
Fun Food Fact #1: Fiber
What food group would you think is the best source of fiber? Vegetables? Whole grains? The answer may be unexpected. Seeds are one of the best sources of fiber, specifically chia seeds, hemp seeds, and flax seeds.
Fiber has numerous health benefits. It can regulate blood sugar, promote regular bowel movements, increase your satiation after a meal, and more.
Fun Food Fact #2: Fermented and Probiotic Foods
Fermented foods and probiotic foods have that delicious tangy taste that can add flavor to any meal. Examples of fermented and probiotic foods are kimchi, yogurt, miso, kombucha, and sauerkraut. They are essential in supporting our gut.
These foods add more beneficial bacteria to our gut microbiome. In our gut, we have more bacteria cells than we have human cells in our entire body. The helpful bacteria modulate our overall health, vitamin status, mood, immune system, and much more. When we boost our healthy gut bacteria, we are boosting ourselves.
Fun Food Fact #3: Vegetables
When someone is eating a “carb-free” diet, you typically think they are avoiding donuts, cake, and cookies. However, did you know that fruit and vegetables are carbohydrates too?
Fruits and vegetables are carbohydrates that support our overall health. Plus, they have special plant compounds called “polyphenols” that add color and flavor. In the body, polyphenols help to lower inflammation and act as antioxidants.
Fun Food Fact #4: Fats
Fats are one of the three macronutrients our bodies need to survive (fat, protein, and carbs). The role of fats in the body is undeniable. In fact, our brain is about 60% fat! That’s right – the fats we consume are essentially food for the brain, which is why type and quality are so important.
Some of the most energizing brain fats can come from fruits (olives, avocado, and coconut), fish (salmon and sardines), cooking oils (extra virgin olive oil), or nuts and seeds.
Fun Food Fact #5: Anti-inflammatory Foods
The last fun fact is that our gut has one of the most powerful roles in our immune system. Since our gut is one of the first lines of defense against potential bacteria and viruses through our food and liquid, about 70% of our immune system is in the gut.
One of the best ways to support the immune system in our gut is to eat anti-inflammatory foods, such as fruits and vegetables, beans and legumes, wild cold-water fish, extra virgin olive oil, and herbs and spices.
Show off these fun facts to your friends and family. The next time you taste delicious food, imagine the surprising nutritional value it may hold!
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