4 Healthy Foods You Should Not Miss This Winter!
Winters are here and it is the perfect season to hide under the blanket and sip on a warm cup of coffee. You wouldn’t even feel like getting up from bed when it is all foggy and bleak outside. Winters may be a bit depressing as there is less of sunshine but you should learn to enjoy every season. Remember, ‘if winters come can spring be far behind?’ No, we are not discussing philosophy here! This post focuses on healthy foods apt for this season! let us take a look at the 4 healthy foods you should not miss this winter!
Have a look at them for yourself.
1) Pomegranates one of the four healthy foods this winter!
Eating fresh pomegranates or drinking their juice is a real good thing from the perspective of heart health. When compared to other juices, the juice of pomegranates is rich in antioxidants. Having just one cup of this juice can help prevent free radicals from oxidizing LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol). Oxidized LDL is known to build up plaque in the arteries. Those suffering from myocardial ischemia will find the juice of pomegranate helpful in improving blood flow to the heart. Myocardial ischemia is a serious heart condition in which the heart’s oxygen supply gets compromised as the arteries leading to the heart are blocked.
In winters you will get to see a lot of leafy greens around you. You get a wide variety of greens in this season. Leafy greens are rich sources of vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin K. Mustard greens are in particular excellent sources of folate and it should be given to women of child-bearing age and those who are pregnant in order to avoid birth defects in the infant. So, add greens to warm soups and have them in your salad.
3) Citrus fruits a must of 4 healthy foods you should not miss this winter!
If you want to add some zing to your mood this winter, don’t forget to eat citrus fruits such as lemons, oranges, grapefruit and lime. You must be aware that citrus fruits are packed with vitamin C. Just one medium sized orange can provide you with 100% of your need of vitamin C. Apart from vitamin C, citrus fruits are rich in flavonoids and the predominant flavonoid in these fruits is hesperidin, which is known to boost good cholesterol (HDL) and lower bad cholesterol (LDL) as well as triglycerides.
Potatoes have a bad reputation as they are white starch and are put into the same category as white bread or white rice. But keeping the starch part aside, you should know that potatoes are whole foods having several beneficial nutrients to offer. Potatoes are a great source of immunity boosting vitamins such as vitamin C and vitamin B6. Potato delivers 25 percent of the body’s requirement of vitamin C and 29 percent of the requirement of vitamin B6.
Potatoes are a rich source of folate too and as discussed above are essential for women of child-bearing age. Potato of a medium size offers 4 g of fibre too. If by chance you come across purple potatoes, it is good for you because they are rich in anthocyanins, which are antioxidants liked to several health benefits right from lowering the risk of cancer and heart disease to reducing inflammation in the body.
Potatoes are nutritious but it doesn’t mean that you hog on French fries 😛 . Have them baked or grilled if you really want to get their nutrients.
So are you all ready to have the 4 foods that you shouldn’t miss this winter?
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