New research has just announced the new wonder food, and the most wonderful thing about it is that you don’t need to reach deep into your wallet to try and fund it – you simply have to open your fridge and reach in there instead.
Because forget some rare, exotic, organic berry, or some over-priced, over-PR-ed celebrity juice (looking at you, Elle MacPherson), the latest food to revolutionise your health is a humble old yoghurt.
OK, not any humble old yoghurt – it has to be a probiotic one. But still, scientists in Australia have revealed how it can lower your blood pressure and reduce chances of dying from a stroke or heart attack by up a fifth.
That’s in addition to its already heralded ability to provide you with calcium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, riboflavin, vitamin B12 and protein, and help maintain a healthy gut.
But it’s not the only easy-access, non-hyped and affordable food that’s good for you; there’s these other superhero foods already lurking in your cupboard…
An oldie but a goodie.
According to studies, vinegar is rich in antioxidants that can help reduce ageing and even slow down the development of some cancers.
And because of the antibacterial properties found in the acidic liquid, some reports have found it has the ability to reduce the effects of diabetes, help the body to recuperate after an intense physical workout and help maintain a healthy blood pressure.
If that wasn’t enough, it’s also said to help people lower their appetites.
Poor old bread, the scourge of dieters everywhere; the carb gazumped by all the newer flashier couscous and the like.
But bread is no way near as bad as people say. Wholegrain bread is rich in ‘resistant starch’, a type of carbohydrate that leaves you feeling fuller for longer because it’s hard to digest.
That does lead to bloating in some, but is simply a better source of energy for most. Even the devil of all devils, white bread, was recently found by scientists in Spain to boost beneficial bacteria in the gut.
Again, no one likes basic milk any more – it has to be soy or lactose-free, apparently.
But while ‘normal’ milk does have its cons – full-fat milk is high in saturated fat, and has even been linked to higher levels of breast cancer – it also has its undeniable pros.
For young children especially, milk provides calories, protein, essential vitamins like vitamin B2 and vitamin B12, and of course, calcium, crucial for keeping bones strong and warding of crippling diseases like osteoporosis.
Tea is a wonderful thing.
Aside from the soothing properties of sitting down to a nice cuppa and putting the world to rights, studies show drinking antioxidant-packed tea can help reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s, diabetes and some cancers, while also promoting healthier teeth, gums and stronger bones.
Another round anyone?
Once upon a time it was ‘go to work on an egg’. Now it’s, ‘eggs are bad for you and raise your cholesterol’.
But in moderation, as with most things, eggs are packed with health benefits.
A source of high-quality protein, eating an egg will keep you fuller for longer, staving off snacking, weight gain and all the health pitfalls that come with that.
Egg yolks also contain lutein and zeaxanthin – two antioxidants that help keep eyes healthy, while lutein is also thought to shield your skin from UV damage.
Not shown at its best in a chip/waffle/dauphinoise, but in other guises – think boiled or baked – the potato can be very healthy.
They’re relatively low in calories, especially red potatoes, and are packed with fat-burning carbohydrates, or resistant starch (like its diet-enemy buddy bread).
They’re also a rich source of Vitamin B6 for a healthy nervous system and a balanced mood, Vitamin C for immune support, and fibre for a healthy gut.