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Foods That Fight For You

Posted By HealthcareOnTime Team Posted on 2022-04-29 Foods That Fight For You

Remember as kids we thought of learning judo, karate or fencing to vanquish evil? When we dreamt of becoming a superhero and saving the world? We always believed fighting against evil was our duty. This selfless duty is also fulfilled by the foods we eat! The meals we consume have a profound impact on many aspects of our life, not the least of which is defense against disease. With disorders like heart disease, obesity and diabetes on the rise, it is essential to know which foods can help us fight against them.

While medications prescribed by doctors are irreplaceable for treatment, certain foods are known to be beneficial while managing these diseases/disorders.

Heart disease
Heart disease today is the leading cause of death globally, with one person dying from heart attack every 33 seconds in India alone.' It occurs due to blockages in blood vessels and limited oxygen and nutrient supply to body tissues. The most dire outcome of this is heart attack wherein the heart muscles begin to die due to lack of blood supply. This leads to a life-long disease that requires management even post-operation as the arteries remain damaged. These patients are advised to make major overhauls in their diets, and foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids are particularly beneficial for these people. Such foods have anti-inflammatory, antiarrhythmic effects and also help with reducing "bad cholesterol".

The major sources of omega-3 fatty acids are fish oils, while some amounts can also be obtained from walnuts, soyabean, flaxseed oil and spinach. In addition, like peanut and olive oils, almonds and cashews are also beneficial as they supply high monounsaturated fatty acids (good fats).

Obesity, which casts its wide net of complications on nearly every system of the body, affects two-thirds of adults all over the world.? The most common cause of obesity is consuming more calories than spending them which then get deposited in the body as fat. The solution is to eat low-calorie foods that provide necessary nutrients and are still filling,

Foods rich in fiber (cereals, nuts, fruits and vegetables) can help feel full for longer, while proteins (from legumes) help with metabolism and satiety after eating. In addition, capsaicin (responsible for spiciness in chilli and peppers) also helps in weight reduction due to its fat oxidation activity.

A disorder characterised by high blood glucose, diabetes is more common in India than anywhere else in the world with 62 million people currently diagnosed with it. As with heart disease, foods like fruits, vegetables, low fat dairy products, whole grains and fish and poultry in smaller quantities can supply unsaturated fatty acids that are beneficial for diabetics. The Mediterranean diet - characterised by consumption of olive oil and nuts - was also found to help maintain low levels of insulin and blood glucose.

Thyroid disorders
Thyroid is a gland located in the throat that is important for controlling metabolism by production of certain hormones. Imbalances of these hormones are associated with several thyroid disorders that today affect about 42 million people in India.' Some of these are influenced by nutrient levels - particularly low levels of iodine, Vitamin D and B12, and selenium.

Iodine is obtainable from iodine fortified (iodised) salt, seaweeds and fish.

Vitamins B12 and D come mostly from animal sources, with cheese and mushrooms being additional dietary sources of Vitamin D and dairy products for vitamin B12

Selenium is an essential element that is found in pomegranates, rice, tuna, yogurt, whole wheat bread and Brazilian nuts.

Healthy diet is not just all salads and boredom. You can always garnish your meal with these delicious delights that go the extra mile, defending you and still tasting awesome!


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