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Healthiest Foods and Drinks
There are foods and drinks that are bad for you and there are foods and drinks that are good for you. We recently wrote an article about the healthy chemistry of coffee in which we extolled the benefits of organic coffee antioxidants. These are the chemicals in coffee that make it one of the healthiest drinks. So, do not be surprised that coffee ranks high on our list of the healthiest foods and drinks.
Bad Food, Bad Drink
Deep Fried Food: Fry anything in animal fat and you risk a high cholesterol and heart disease. But also you risk the toxic chemical compounds formed at high temperatures in cooking oil. These foods increase your risk of various cancers and stroke. Cooking at high temperatures produces compounds that cause chronic inflammation and oxidative stress.
Microwave Popcorn: Some microwave popcorns get their buttery flavor from diacetyl. This compound is linked to Alzheimer’s disease and a condition called popcorn lung, bronchiolitis obliterans. Make your popcorn the old fashioned way and avoid this chemical.
Processed Meats: Eating the equivalent of one hotdog or three slices of lunch meat a day increases your risk of getting heart disease by forty percent and your risk of getting type II diabetes by a fifth.
Soda: Think sugar bomb when you drink soda. And if you go with the artificial sweetener variety think of increased risk of heart disease and diabetes.
Some Good and Some Bad
Various Fish: Fish are good for you. Mercury is not. Make sure to avoid fresh water fish caught in suspect waters and fish such as swordfish which tend to have higher levels of mercury. Mercury is poisonous to your nervous system.
Alcoholic Beverages: The obvious downside to alcohol is if you drink too much. Liver cirrhosis and alcoholism are a bad deal. But, remember to so called French paradox. The French eat a lot of fatty food and do not get more heart disease. They also drink red wine with lots of good antioxidants. Alcohol in moderation, the equivalent of one or two glasses of wine a day, reduces the risk of a repeat heart attack in people have had a first one!
Invariably Good for You
Blueberries: Blueberries have high levels of antioxidants. Eating a cup of mixed berries every day for a couple of months tends to raise your good cholesterol and lower our blood pressure.
Green Beans: Think fiber, weight loss and a lower risk of colon cancer.
Organic Coffee: Now we have arrived at our favorite topic. Steady coffee drinkers have a lower risk of various cancers and half the risk of type II diabetes. Coffee drinkers are less likely to get depressed, less likely to contract Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease and more likely to have more and better sex!