8 Foods With Surprising Health Benefits

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CRUSHED RED PEPPER
CRUSHED RED PEPPER

You won’t believe the crazy things this grub can do.

Whenever you can eat something delicious and boost your health at the same time, it’s a very good thing. And while you know, for example, that fiber-packed grub can keep you fuller longer andvitamin C-filled chow amps up your immunity, certain foods have impressive advantages you might not be aware of. Get ready to have your mind blown.

 BEER MARINADE FOR MEAT

 

Beer marinade for meat
Beer marinade for meat

 Grilling your meat in a beer marinade (mm-hmm: beer) may reduce the formation of carcinogenic compounds in the meat, according to a new study. (Find more healthy grilling tips right this way.)

PEPPERS

 

Peppers
Peppers

Eating peppers two to four times or more per week is linked to an approximately 30 percent lowered risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, according to a 2013 study. (On a related note: How good do these Rice and Turkey Stuffed Peppers look?)

CRUSHED RED PEPPER FLAKES

 

CRUSHED RED PEPPER
CRUSHED RED PEPPER

Speaking of pepper, sprinkling crushed red pepper flakes onto your dinner could help you pump the breaks before you overeat, based on results from a recent study.

WATERMELON JUICE

 

WATERMELON JUICE
WATERMELON JUICE

Strange but true: If you sip on some watermelon juice before a sweat session, it could help you steer clear of post-workout soreness, according to the results of a 2013 study. Why? Watermelon contains an amino acid called L-citrulline that improves blood flow.

NUTS

 

NUTS
NUTS

Love almond butter or a nutty trail mix? In a study from last November, people who ate nuts almost daily slashed their mortality risk over a 30-year span.

SHIITAKE MUSHROOMS

 

SHIITAKE MUSHROOMS
SHIITAKE MUSHROOMS

A compound in Basidiomycete mushrooms (which includes the shiitake variety) might help eradicate HPV from infected tissues, according to new research. The results are preliminary, butshiitake mushrooms are full of fiber and vitamin B6, so eating ‘shrooms is a win either way.

CANOLA OIL

 

CANOLA OIL
CANOLA OIL

In one 2013 study, consuming smoothies that contained canola or high-oleic canola oils was associated with reduced abdominal fat. While it’s not a good idea to throw a ton of oil into your diet, you can get a reasonable amount of canola oil with these recipes.

DARK CHOCOLATE

 

DARK CHOCOLATE
DARK CHOCOLATE

Eating dark chocolate (in moderation, of course) can help you avoid both junk food cravings and the metabolic effects of stress, according to research we’ve previously covered. (We had you at “dark chocolate,” right?)

Source: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/food/foods-for-health?slide=9

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