Without really thinking about it, we can put a large emphasis on our life around the food that we eat. When you plan a day out with the kids are you thinking about what food to take or where to stop for lunch? If you are on vacation, do you do the same? So knowing a little more about the foods that we eat, and about the impact that they have on our health and overall well-being can be a really good thing. So here are some fun food facts that will make you feel better about eating healthy, and eating the foods that you want.
Spicy Foods Lead To Long Life
There was a study fairly recently done at Harvard about eating spicy food. The study found that if you ate one spicy dish each day, compared to only eating it once a week (or even less), can lead to a longer life by up to 14%. The reasons behind it are relating to cholesterol level and fatty acid levels, but it could be worth trying out, right?
Butter and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet
Yes, you have read that correctly; butter and cheese should be included as part of a healthy diet (as long as you have no intolerance to them, of course). Investigative science journalists like Nina Teicholz have found that there are benefits to eating these foods, from the calcium content, to the low sugar levels compared to other foods. As with everything, think about moderation. But don’t cut things like this out without doing your own research.
Don’t Store Tomatoes in the Refrigerator
It has been researched and found in several studies that tomatoes taste better when they are stored in a cupboard. When they are stored in a fridge, at cold temperatures, they can taste worse than if they are left at room temperature. So if you have fussy eaters that won’t eat their tomatoes, then maybe store them elsewhere so that they taste as best as they possibly could.
Egg Yolks Are Nutritious
If you are partial to an egg white omelet, you don’t have to always skip the yolk. Too many can be bad for cholesterol, but the yolks do pack a pretty good nutritional punch. Egg whites have plenty of protein, but for nutrients and vitamins and minerals, the yolk is where it is at.
Cucumbers Are Practically Water
If you want to stay hydrated and detoxify your body, then drinking plenty of water is a good way to go. Don’t forget about the power of eating foods that have a high water content, though. Cucumbers, along with foods like lettuce and zucchini, are 96% water. So they are great to have plenty of in the summer months when you need to stay hydrated.
Honey Doesn’t Expire
If you’ve got a jar of honey in the cupboard that has been there for a while, never fear, honey doesn’t have an expiration date. Raw honey that is; if it has been processed and things have been added, then it will go bad at some point.