Healthy Foods You Aren't Eating
BY HIV Plus Editors
December 01 2009 1:00 AM ET
There are some foods that just don't get the respect -- or space on your plate -- they deserve. But the editors of the fitness guide Eat This, Not That! urge you to make more room for these six health powerhouses that you probably aren't eating enough -- or at all.
>Celery. It's packed with bone-beneficial silicon and cancer-fighting phenolic acids, and it has been shown to help lower blood pressure. It also can help fill you up with almost zero calories.
>Seaweed. It's loaded with calcium, which helps your bones stay healthy, and potassium, which regulates blood pressure.
>Scallops. They're a rich source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and protein (they're more than 80% pure protein). They're also a good source of magnesium and potassium.
>Hemp seeds. They provide all of the essential amino acids your body needs (the only plant food to do so), are high in protein, and have been shown to help reduce risks for heart disease and strokes.
>Lentils. They're a leading source of fiber (16 grams per cup), are packed with antioxidants, and have more vitamin B-rich folate -- which helps produce and maintain new cells -- than even spinach.
>Dark poultry meat. Although higher in fat content than white meat, dark-meat cuts of chicken or turkey help you feel fuller longer because of high levels of the hormone cholecystokinin. And the fats in dark meat may help you lower your chances for heart disease by boosting "good" HDL cholesterol levels.