What comes to mind when you hear the term “health food”? Tofu? Kale? Bean sprouts? Wheat grass juice?
How about champagne and chocolate?
Some of your favorite foods might help you live a longer and healthier life, according to mounting research. Among the tasty AND healthy treats:
Champagne – One to three glasses of bubbly per week can ward off dementia and memory loss, according to a 2013 British study. Something in champagne seems to encourage healthy levels of certain brain proteins that tend to deplete with age.
Red Wine – The red has long been known to have several health benefits, including supporting your good cholesterol levels. But get this: the resveratrol in one glass of red wine can improve heart and muscle strength as much as an hour in the gym. Resveratrol is also found in some fruits and nuts. But who cares? It’s in red wine.
Spicy Food – People who eat spicy food six or seven times per week have a lower risk of dying from cancer or heart disease, according to a Chinese study. Capsaicin, which is what makes chili peppers so hot, prompts the release of endorphins, making it an effective pain reducer.
Mediterranean Meals – A dinner doesn’t have to scorch your mouth to be good for you. A Mediterranean diet consisting of lots of fish, vegetables and healthy fats can dramatically cut your risk of heart disease and somewhat reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and breast cancer.
Chocolate – Who says dessert is bad for you? Chocolate has been found to lower blood pressure. Hot cocoa boosts the blood supply to your brain and increases memory.
Good food that promotes good health. Can’t beat that. Bon appetit!