Often shunned for their high sugar and carb content, bananas are an extremely healthy fruit that everyone can enjoy. A medium banana has 110 calories and 14 grams of sugar, almost same calories, carbs and fiber as an apple.
Bananas’ high levels of potassium help lower blood pressure, and bananas are a good source of antioxidants and vitamin C, which can help combat free radicals known to cause cancer. Bananas also have the amino acid tryptophan, which research suggests is linked with preserving memory and boosting mood.
8. Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate (not milk chocolate) that’s at least 70% cacao improves the elasticity of blood vessels, which improves blood flow, reduces the chance of stroke, and helps you maintain healthy blood pressure. A chocolate lover’s dream come true. A 2008 study published in the American Journal found that overweight individuals who consumed a dark chocolate bar had improved blood vessel health and decreased blood pressure as compared with those who ate a placebo.
Try to look for dark chocolate with a higher cacao level (60% or higher), as that will mean more antioxidants and less added sugar. Stick with one to two ounces per day only to avoid the unwanted side effect of eating too much: weight gain.
Do you enjoy or avoid these foods? Are there any that we have missed? Leave a comment below and let us know.
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