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Food in Five Glazed Carrots

Glazed Carrots

 

1 bag of baby carrots

¼ cup of Light Catalina Dressing

¼ cup almonds

Parsley (garnish)

 

  1. Place carrots and Catalina dressing in sauce pan.
  2. Cook for 8-12 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle with almonds.
  4. Serve!

 

Functional Foods:

Carrots – Vitamin A

Almonds – monounsaturated fats.

Many of us have learned that ‘a calorie is a calorie’ or ‘food is broken down in the body the same way.’  We have been trained that foods benefit is in the form of giving us energy, providing us with vitamins, or aiding in muscle structure.  However, recent research studies reveal some foods scientifically aid in health benefits other than its basic nutrient composition.  The foods, termed functional foods, are the ‘super foods’ that help aid in prevention and maintenance of many disease states prevalent in the world. 

 

The current market for functional foods is growing due to consumer interest in the relationship between food and health.  Locating functional foods is as easy as a quick stop to the local grocery store.  No expensive store or 3 hour trip is needed to find functional foods.  A stop in the fruit and vegetable section will find the majority of functional foods.  The following chart list several functional foods and benefits from consumption.

 

Functional food

Key substance

Health benefits

Soy

Soy protein

Support healthy cholesterol levels

Yogurt

Probiotics

Supports Intestinal health

Green/black tea

Catechins

Reduce risk for cancers

Broccoli

Sulforaphane

Reduce risk for cancers

Tomatoes

Lycopene

Reduce risk for cancers

Garlic

Sulfur

Reduce risk of heart diseases and certain cancers

Purple grape juice

Polyphenolic compounds

Support cardiovascular function

Oats

Soluble fiber

Reduce cholesterol levels

Fish

Omega-3 fatty acids

Reduce risk of heart disease

Fruits and vegetables

Phytochemicals

Reduce risk of heart disease and cancers.

 

 

Shelly A Marie, MS, LDN, RD is a sports and wellness dietitian, personal trainer, and speaker.

 

 

 

 

 

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