They say “you are what you eat”. Actually it is true, our body absorbs everything we eat and what we take in our body affects our immune systems, digestive system and our brain. Therefore, we should eat healthy food so that our body will function properly.
In the new era of technology, everything has changed even what we eat has changed. From all natural to processed, chemicals has been added to food to preserved it and to adjust to the demanding taste buds of people nowadays. But are these food healthy? does all these tasty food will be good for us? or it will cause harm to our body.
There are chemicals in processed food that can harm our body due to excess usage. One of these chemicals is sugar or its evil partner (HFCS) high fructose corn syrup. HFCS is a sweetener made from corn starch that has been processed by glucose isomerase to convert some of its glucose into fructose. It is found in a wide range of processed foods, from ketchup and cereals to crackers and salad dressings. HFCS contains contaminants including mercury that are not regulated or measured by the FDA. Sugar in any form causes obesity and disease when consumed in pharmacologic doses. It can lead to insulin resistance, high triglycerides, diabetics, increased levels of the harmful cholesterol and increased fat accumulation in the liver and abdominal cavity.
But wait! Don’t be too conscious about it, it’s not the end of the world because you can’t eat hotdog, burger, pizza and fries. There are always an alternative all-natural food that’s good for you and taste good.
A Nutty Brain Food
Like the body, the brain absorbs nutrients from the foods we eat and peanut is a tasty treat that we can all enjoy (Except for those allergic to it). Peanuts are one of the popular oil seeds known to humankind since centuries.According to http://www.nutrition-and-you.com, peanuts originated in South America where they have existed for thousands of years. Until now this nutty seed is still enjoyed among us and has various ways on how can cook and enjoy more of its buttery-nutty taste. Peanuts grow in a very fascinating manner. They actually start out as an above ground flower that, due to its heavy weight, bends towards the ground. The flower eventually burrows underground, which is where the peanut actually matures.
The veined brown shell or pod of the peanut contains two or three peanut kernels. Each oval-shaped kernel or seed is composed of two off-white lobes that are covered by a brownish-red skin. What else can we benefit with this tiny brown pod? It may be tiny but it consists various minerals and vitamins that can boost our brainpower.
Remember how your parents used to tell you that eating peanut will make you smart? All those beliefs they shared to you, this one is actually right. Peanut is a rich source of protein, which is important for peak brain function. This is one of the most excellent foods for students like you because of its high nutritional value. Eating peanuts can keep your brain functioning because it aids to maintain a steady sugar level on your body.
Research shows that a person eating a breakfast high in protein performs better on mental tasks throughout the day. Still remember when you were younger your friends will tend to buy peanuts before exams because it will help them remember what they studied last night. So instead of eating salty chips and instant noodles for snacks, indulge in a peanut butter sandwich or a peanut bar to feed not only your hungry stomach but to nourish your mind as well. And hey, peanut was found to be rich in antioxidants as many kinds of fruits.
Brown-pod Memory Booster
What more benefit can this brown-pod give? let me give you some facts on how can peanut help boost your mental abilities and other benefits it can give.
Peanuts have not been extensively studied as a brain healthy food, but there is good reason to believe that they offer brain benefits. Peanuts are high in niacin (1/2 cup of peanuts offers about 50% of the RDA for niacin.) Studies have correlated niacin deficiencies with a higher incidence of cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s. According to research published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry indicates regular consumption of niacin-rich foods like peanuts provides protection against Alzheimer’s disease and age-related cognitive decline.
Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) causes a slight but noticeable and measurable decline in cognitive abilities, including memory and thinking skills. A person with MCI is at an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s or another dementia.
Peanuts are an excellent source of resveratrol, another polyphenolic antioxidant. Resveratrol has been found to have protective function against cancers, heart disease, degenerative nerve disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and viral/fungal infections. The nuts are packed with many important B-complex groups of vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6, and folates. 100 g of peanuts provide about 85% of RDI of niacin, which contribute to brain health and blood flow to brain.
Peanuts are abundant in vitamin B3, or niacin. Niacin is a nutrient that has been shown to help boost memory. Vitamin B3 can also help promote normal brain functioning. Vitamin B3 (niacin) supports circulatory health and promotes blood flow to the brain. Just a handful of peanuts per day provides enough recommended levels of phenolic anti-oxidants, minerals, vitamins, and protein.
Furthermore, studies suggest that resveratrol may reduce stroke risk through altering molecular mechanisms in the blood vessels (reducing susceptibility to vascular damage through decreased activity of angiotensin, a systemic hormone responsible for blood vessel constriction that would elevate blood pressure), and by increasing production of vasodilator hormone, nitric oxide. Peanut kernels are good source of dietary protein. It composes fine quality amino acids that are essential for growth and development.
Lifestyle Goals: Love Yourself and Be Healthy
There are more natural and healthy foods that can keep you strong and active. It may be tempting to grab those bag of chips and that melting ice cream in your mouth but think about what it can affect your body. If you think vegetables taste bad? Then why other people eat it? and why can’t you. Love your body, love yourself enough to have a healthy lifestyle. Being healthy is not a goal, it’s a way of living. So eat GOOD to look GOOD so you can feel GOOD!
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