C’est l’hiver ! ( Non ? Sérieux ?) Il fait froid dehors et l’atmosphère est propice aux maladies hivernales: rhume, grippe, bronchite. Aucun souci ! dans notre série de posts sur les aliments qui aident à vivre mieux et plus longtemps, celui-ci met en évidence des aliments spécifiquement disponibles en hiver (bien qu’ils soient également présents à d’autres périodes de l’année notre souci étant d’essayer au mieux de consommer des aliments de saison pour réduire l’empreinte carbone). Read more
This is winter. It’s Cold outside and the atmosphere is conducive to winter diseases: colds, flus, bronchitis. No worries in our series of posts on food that helps live healthier and longer, this one highlights specific foods available in winter (although they are also found at other times of the year, We focuse on eating season’s food to reduce the carbon footprint of our consumption). Read more
1– Garlic, the super food and protector of the cardiovascular system.
There are hundreds of scientific studies on the subject. It is common knowledge this food has a very beneficial effect on the cardiovascular system. But that’s not all !The benefits of garlic have been known since antiquity.
More than 4000 years ago it was used by Egyptians to treat hypertension and headaches. Today its antimicrobial and antibacterial actions are known to be very beneficial to the human body, helping it to age well. It is antibacterial, thanks to allicin, antiseptic thanks to phenolic acids, antioxidant thanks to flavonoids, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial. It also helps a good digestion by taking care of the intestinal flora thanks to the inulin it contains, a natural prebiotic. Finally, vitamins A, B, C and E make it a booster of the immune system.It also protects against digestive cancers and contains vitamins A, B, C and E that strengthen the immune system.
Garlic can be consumed daily! It is better to eat it raw or at least add it at the very end of cooking so that it retains a maximum of its properties. For those who are afraid of the breath effect, To avoid bad breath after eating garlic, you can let it marinate in olive oil and confit it as good alternatives
2–Dark chocolate, the gourmet antioxidant
Unfairly bannished from diets (too sweet, too fat, too much bitterness for a 100 % coca beans) dark chocolate is fantastic for your health! Recently, a study by Harvard University concluded that consuming dark chocolate boosts life expectancy. Indeed, this food is rich in flavonoids, antioxidants beneficial for the cardiovascular system. It softens arteries. Of course, as for each food one must be reasonable and avoid abuse. Chocolate is indeed one of the most caloric foods. A daily consumption of 2 squares is sufficient (approx. 10g/0.35oz either alone or as an accompaniment of a cup of tea/coffee). Prefer a 100 % for a total health benefit. For those who don’t like the bitterness of a 100 % take a dark chocolate between 80 and 100 % (not less). A 100 % cocoa bean dark chocolate is and excellent source of magnesium and this food strongly influences our moods. It is good against stress and anxiety.Multiple studies confirm that this mineral is a major element in the prevention of the negative consequences of stress. If needed please let me know if you want a more detailed post on its positive effects on our health (It is not every day that one find a sweet food good for health !)
3–Olive oil, anti-aging properties
In the Mediterranean cuisine, olive oil accompanies all good dishes. Good, because it increases longevity! It contains oleic acid, which lowers the level of bad cholesterol in the blood. Rich in antioxidants and vitamin E, this oil hydrates the skin and slows down its aging. it contains polyphenols with strong antioxidant properties. Its compounds help fight the formation of excess free radicals. Though it is a fat and a good tip is to use a spray for your salads for example.