8 Great Nutritional Dietary Treats

You are constantly being  told what you are not supposed to eat. Wouldn’t you rather be told about some “good” foods that actually taste good and can be used in many recipes as well?

The following is a list of a few really tasty items that I enjoy and that you may actually wind up hiding from your relatives or friends to enjoy as a “sinfully delicious” treat by yourself.

1. Pomegranates.

Pomegranates have a reputation for sexual enhancement and longevity. They contain lots of plant chemicals called polyphenols. Pomegranate juice or extract can Improve blood flow to the heart and sex organs, reduce total cholesterol and harmful LDL cholesterol, lower blood pressure, slow the progression of prostate cancer.

2. Cranberries.

Cranberries can protect against brain damage, DNA damage leading to cancer and cardiovascular disease. They contain compounds called proanthocyanidins. Cranberries also prevent the adhesion of certain of bacteria associated with urinary tract infections, inhibit the bacteria associated with gum disease, and help prevent stomach ulcers.

3. Sweet Potatoes.

Sweet potatoes are loaded with beta carotene and other carotenoids, the compounds that give these spuds their orange color. Together, these two nutrients act as protective antioxidants that can help protect your eyes from age-related macular degeneration.  A sweet potato has four times the RDA for beta-carotene, which your body can convert to vitamin A.  42% of the RDA for vitamin C and if you eat the skin, more fiber than oatmeal.

4. Green Tea.

Green tea has less caffeine than black tea or coffee, and contains the amino acid L-theanine, which can help you stay awake but calm. Green tea also has many other health benefits aside from its ability to fight fatigue. Two cups a day is fine.

5. Blueberries.

Blueberries help protect the brain from oxidative stress and reduce the effects of age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Eating blueberries can also help reduce cholesterol, may reduce colon cancer risk, improve night vision and slow macular degeneration by strengthening tiny blood vessels in the back of the eye.  Blueberries, like cranberries,can help prevent urinary tract infections.

6. Black Raspberries.

Black raspberries have also been found in help slow the growth of colon, esophageal and other cancers by reducing genetic damage and inflammation.

7. Apples.

Adding just one large apple a day to your diet can decrease cholesterol by 8-11%, most likely due to the soluble fiber they contain.  That same fiber can also soak up toxins like lead and mercury. That may be the reason apples are consistently associated with a reduced risk of cancer, including liver, colon, breast and prostate cancer.  Antioxidants in apples, found mostly in the peel, help prevent heart disease.

8. Tart Cherries.
Eating about 1½ cups a day of tart cherries can reduce your tendency to put on belly fat and reduce inflammation that can lead to blood vessel damage and heart disease. They contain high amounts of anthocyanin, an antioxidant that aids in this function.