Healthy Eating

It is not a secret that healthy nutrition should play an important role in our life; it should.

Poor nutrition can cause severe diseases and as many as 30-35% of carcinomas are caused by eating unhealthy food. And cancer lives and grows from sugar.

The World Health Organization warns that processed meat such as hot dogs, ham, bacon and sausage can cause cancer – and the same is true for the high consumption of red meat (beef, veal, pork, lamb, mutton, horse and goat). Eating too much fat can result in elevated levels of cho- lesterol and becoming overweight – which are the main reasons for heart attacks.

The good news is that there are lots of widely available foods which can protect your health. Here is a selection:

LEMONS
One lemon has not only more than 100 percent of your daily intake of vitamin C, it also strengthens your bones. Citrus flavonoids may help inhibit the growth of cancer cells and act as an anti-inflammatory.

BROCCOLI
A medium stalk of broccoli contains more than 100 percent of your daily vitamin K requirement and 200 percent of the recommended daily dose of vitamin C. Raw broccoli also contains several B vitamins. It is also a protection against cancer.

DARK CHOCOLATE
Chocolate with more than 73% cocoa powder is healthy – it can reduce the blood pressure and “bad” LDL cholesterol. In contrast, whole milk or white chocolate contains high amounts of sugar and fats and should be avoided.

SALMON
Salmon is a great source of protein, vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids which are linked to a reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. In addition, the niacin (vitamin B3) might protect against Alzheimer’s disease.

WALNUTS
Out of all nuts, walnuts contain the most omega-3 fatty acids which may help to reduce cholesterol. Omega-3s have been shown to fight cancer. Furthermore, walnuts contain dietary minerals, particularly manganese and B vitamins.

AVOCADOS
Avocados lower cholesterol and include half the fibre and 40 percent of the folate you need daily, which might reduce heart disease. They are rich in several B vitamins and vitamin K as well as vitamin C, E and potassium.

GARLIC
Inhibits the growth of bacteria. Allicin, a compound found in garlic, works as an anti-inflammatory and lowers cholesterol and blood pressure levels. Recent studies found out that garlic has health benefits for the heart and cancer prevention.

SPINACH
Spinach has a high nutritional value, especially when fresh, frozen, steamed or quickly boiled. It is a rich source of vitamin A, C, B, E and K vitamins plus calcium, magnesium, manganese, iron and folate. Spinach contains immune- boosting antioxidants which are important for eye health. Effective against cancer-fighting.

Anja Frauboese, Head of Corporate Communications & Marketing, Uniteam Global Business Services
Sources: WHO, Fitness Magazine, CNN, Daily Mail, Wikipedia