Dr. Madelyn Fernstrom
Did you ever wonder what the rest of the world is eating to stay healthy? We’re already well acquainted with olive oil, tomatoes, and almonds from the Mediterranean lifestyle. But there’s a lot more out there!
Today I’m going to survey some new health foods from around the globe. While some choices might require a more adventurous palate, most of them are foods we can readily incorporate into our daily eating plan. Check out some of my favorites:
Denmark: Herring and Cabbage
Health Plus: Fish is loaded with heart-healthy omega-3 fats and vitamin D, plus lean protein; cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable with active phytonutrients and loads of fiber.
Health Plus: Daily consumption can help lower cholesterol; packed with soluble fiber; can help stabilize blood sugar.
Africa: Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans)
Health Plus: Good protein source; high in fiber – a one cup serving is half your daily fiber requirement.
Russia: Red Beets
Health Plus: Fiber-rich root vegetable; loaded with antioxidants and folic acid.
India: Turmeric/Curry Powder
Health Plus: Active ingredient is curcumin; linked to a healthy immune system with regular use; referred to as “spice of life.”
Health Plus: Soothes the digestive track; can reduce nausea and stomach cramps; natural breath freshener.
Health Plus: Calms an upset stomach; an anti-gas food.
What other health foods from around the world do you enjoy?