These 10 Health-Enhancing Foods Should Be On Your Plate | Men's Health Magazine Australia

These 10 Health-Enhancing Foods Should Be On Your Plate

These fad foods and old-time classics deserve – nay, demand – a place on your plate (or glass). First up…

1. Full-Fat Milk

Recent Scandinavian studies have concluded that high-fat dairy products are actually inversely related to obesity. Take it one step further and go for cold-pressed raw milk. 

2. Beef Jerky

Typically at least 50 per cent protein, this cowboy staple is your new post-gym go-to. It contains half as many kJ and about an eighth of the fat of an equivalent serving of crisps.

3. Raw-Milk Cheese

Milk contains nutrients that get lost when it’s heated and treated pre-curdling. Which is why we like Bruny Island Cheese Co – the only legally recognised producer of raw milk cheeses in Australia. Roquefort and Swiss Gruyere are good board-filling options.

4. Peanut Butter

PB is high in fibre (so, satiating), and numerous studies point to its high levels of antioxidants and immune-boosting B6. Avoid those containing palm oil or emulsifiers. Your move: stick to the pure stuff – 100 per cent peanuts.

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5. India Pale Ale

recent Chinese studies suggest beers heavy with hops could protect against dementia. We’re not saying down tools and head to the pub forthwith, but a compound in these drinks called xanthohumol does guard against neuronal cell damage.

6. Sauerkraut

“Cabbage is full of goodness, but in its raw, fermented form it’s also revered for its digestive health benefits,” says nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert. Preserving it in brine encourages the growth of gut-friendly bacteria – vital for processing your training-day protein intake.

7. Beetroot

A bunch of studies published since 2009 shows nitrates found in beets aid exercise performance after being converted to nitric oxide by enzymes in saliva. Better to sip as cold-pressed juice than bolted as a supp.

8. Sourdough

Studies show the glucose and insulin response to sourdough is significantly lower than with bread made through the commercial process, which makes this ideal as part of a carb-reduced diet.

9. Almonds

A 2014 study published by the International Society of Sports Nutrition found that nutrients in almonds – such as riboflavin and manganese – contribute to more effective use of oxygen. Make them your go-to snack.

10. Eggs

A raft of studies released over the last 10 years has dispelled those wicked rumours that eggs contribute to heart disease. In fact, we now know their stomach-filling protein assists weight control. Plus, high levels of lutein and zeaxanthin support eye health.

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