By Noor Nouaillati, Recent ASU Nutrition Student
Have you ever wondered what types of foods are good for you? If what you were consuming had any nutritional benefit? We consume different foods every day, but have you ever sat down and truly thought about the health benefits each type of food group has? If we’re consuming produce I believe it’s important to know all the positive benefits it has on your body. A lot of our locally-grown produce offers a variety of different health benefits at farmers markets and grocery stores.
Berries contain rich antioxidants. Specifically raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and cherries. Berries contain a larger amount of antioxidants than other foods and have shown to be beneficial to your skin’s complexion. Another benefit that has been seen from consuming berries is the improvement of short-term memory.
Leafy greens have been shown to be the best source for improvement of brain function. It’s recommended to have at least 2-3 servings of leafy greens in your daily intake. You can consume your greens in a variety of different ways. With a sandwich, in a smoothie, or make a salad. And remember, Arizona is great at growing a variety of vegetables.
Eggs are another beneficial food. Not only are they a great source of protein, but have also shown to improve eyesight. The recommended consumption of eggs is at least 2-3 eggs a week. Over time, professionals have observed that the average person’s eyesight is being negatively affected because most work is done on the computer. So, be sure to include eggs in your diet.
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