Little Known Facts About 5 Well-Known Foods

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Little Known Facts About 5 Well-Known Foods

While searching for nutritional information about the foods I use almost daily in my diet, I came across a highly formative article from Mercola.com. Here is an excerpt:

Avocado

  • Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fat, which is easily burned for energy.
  • An avocado has more than twice as much potassium as a banana.
  • For a delicious, creamy salad dressing, mix together avocado and fresh carrot juice.

Broccoli

  • Broccoli contains twice the vitamin C of an orange
  • It has almost as much calcium as whole milk–and the calcium is better absorbed
  • It contains selenium, a mineral that has been found to have anti-cancer and anti-viral properties
  • Broccoli is a modest source of vitamin A and alpha-tocopherol vitamin E
  • It also has antioxidant properties

Chinese Cabbage

  • Chinese cabbage has anti-inflammatory properties
  • It is an excellent source of folic acid
  • Chinese cabbage is low in calories and low in sodium
  • It is also high in vitamin A and a good source of potassium

Dandelion Greens

  • Dandelion is beneficial to digestion and is an antiviral that may be useful in the treatment of AIDS and herpes
  • It may also be useful in treating jaundice, cirrhosis, edema due to high blood pressure, gout, eczema and acne
  • Dandelion is also used to treat and prevent breast and lung tumors and premenstrual bloating
  • Dandelion greens are high in vitamin A in the form of antioxidant carotenoid and vitamin C
  • They also contain calcium and potassium
  • Dandelion root contains inulin, which lowers blood sugar in diabetics

Kale

  • Kale eases lung congestion and is beneficial to the stomach, liver and immune system
  • It contains lutein and zeaxanthin, which protect the eyes from macular degeneration
  • It also contains indole-3-carbinol, which may protect against colon cancer
  • Kale is an excellent source of calcium, iron, vitamins A and C, and chlorophyll

For a full article, listing 25 most well-known foods visit Mercola.com

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