5 Foods That Will Improve Your Health

Healthy Foods

Eating the wrong foods can cause weight gain and even health problems, but eating the right foods can heal your body and protect you from diseases.  Here are five foods that can improve your health. 

Strawberries are nutritional powerhouses because they contain compounds called flavonoids, which may protect you from heart disease. In a 2014 study in the Journal of Nutrition, subjects who consumed a high dose of freeze-dried strawberries for 12 weeks significantly lowered their levels of artery-clogging LDL cholesterol.

Black Beans
High in fiber, protein, and iron, black beans provide the body with the nutrition it needs.  They are so nutritious, in fact, that they may reduce your risk of cancer.  A 2002 study in Nutrition and Cancer found that rats fed a diet high in black beans were significantly less likely to develop colon cancer than were rats fed a control diet.  The authors of the study concluded that black beans produced this effect because they controlled hunger levels and led to lower levels of body fat. 

Like strawberries, watermelon can also protect you from heart disease. In a study published in a 2015 edition of Nutrition Research, rats were fed an unhealthy diet. Those that were given watermelon had lower levels of triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, and inflammation than rats in a control group.

Almonds are high in protein and healthy fats and provide a number of health benefits. A 2013 study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that when people ate almonds as snacks, their blood sugar levels were lower, and they felt less hungry. Almonds can also protect you from heart disease; a 2002 study published in the journal Circulation found that the consumption of almonds significantly reduced levels of LDL cholesterol.

Carrots can protect your health by reducing cancer risk. A 2014 study in the European Journal of Nutrition found that ingesting carrots significantly reduced the risk of prostate cancer.  A second study, included in a 2000 edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, showed that lutein, a compound found in carrots, was associated with a lower risk of developing colon cancer.

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Be sure to include carrots, and the other foods discussed here, on your weekly grocery list. By replacing the unhealthy foods in your diet with healthier options, you can significantly improve your health and reduce your risk of cancer and heart disease.

About the author: Brian Carroll is the CEO of Pivot Insurance and holds CLU & CPCU designations. He has been part of the life insurance industry for over 30 years. He is also an avid runner and has participated in many athletic endurance events. Brian established the anonymous life insurance quote process here at Pivot and takes pride in the caring and professional staff. You can reach Brian at 1-800-651-1953 or bcarroll@pivot.com.

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