It is not often that we get good health news. More often than not, we learn of our favorite food or drink being added to another “worst foods of the year” list. Today is different.
Without further ado, here are 5 edibles that are currently trending due to their surprising health benefits.
- CBD Oil as an anti-cancer treatment.
Heading up this list is CBD oil as an inhibitor of cancerous cells. Cancer.gov lists various studies showing how CBD oil could have great potential as an anti-cancer treatment. While it has yet to be approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, its other benefits include anxiety reduction. As well as being a sleep aid for insomnia sufferers. You can find CBD oil from a list of dispensaries near Portland for example, or your city of residence, on CBD dispensary registries.
- Try fish sauce instead of salt.
Love Asian food? Specifically, fish sauce? You are in luck. Fish sauce is officially the healthier way to get that salt kick you crave. In fact, a study published in the Journal of Food Science stated that adding fish sauce reduced salt levels by 10 to 25 percent. So not only does it provide a salty tang, it also reduces the salt your body ends up ingesting. What dish to kickstart this new relationship? Well, once you start using it, you might find it difficult to not put it on everything! But some great dishes to start off with include adding a dash of it to the top of your grilled chicken or liver. It also does well in balancing out bitter vegetables.
- Eat up your potatoes.
Potatoes get a bad rap. After all, when we think of potatoes, French fries come to mind. Or buttery mashed potatoes with a side of gravy. But if one took a moment to strip away all the extras we put on potatoes, we would find a very healthy food that could help you slim down. For instance, 1 red potato weighs in at only 88 calories. When cooked and cooled, potatoes have resistant starch, which your body does not absorb, but does fill you up. In addition, this type of starch triggers your metabolism to burn more. Potatoes are also packed with vitamins and phytochemicals that improve heart health. And go far to help boost your immune system. Baking potatoes, sans oil, is the healthiest way to eat them if you want the biggest bang for each bite you enjoy.
- Enjoy your second, third, or fourth cuppa coffee.
In an article published on Time.com, coffee drinking habits and their benefits were dissected. What may surprise some is that those who drank several cups of coffee were found to be at a lower risk of stroke. What constitutes several cups of coffee? Two to four cups, say Time.com editors. The benefits, according to heart experts, come from the way caffeine affects blood vessels, keeping them elastic and flexible. Other reasons to go for that second cup of coffee include getting in more antioxidants. Antioxidants fight free radicals and other damage that are frequent precursors to cancer.
- Pop that popcorn!
But maybe go easy on the butter and oil. Without those two ingredients, popcorn is actually an extremely healthy whole grain snack. Popcorn has energy producing complex carbs, compared to the refined carbs that you get from potato chips. Popcorn is also high in fiber, which your body needs for bowel health, lower cholesterol levels, and stable blood sugar levels. Not sure if you want to eat popcorn if it isn’t dripping with butter? Use spices to dress up popcorn to be just as appealing. Try sprinkling garlic, paprika, cinnamon, or dill over your popcorn snack. Or experiment with what’s in your spice rack. You may be pleasantly surprised by what you come up with!