4 Surprising Facts about Healthy Meals

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What would a healthy diet look like, if it was based on the available scientific information? British professor of biochemistry from Liverpool John Moores University, Rodney Bilton, spent 15 years to find out what you need to eat to stay healthy.

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1. Do not peel bananas

Green bananas along with whole grain, vegetables and fiber, contain resistant starch. This is the main variety of soluble dietary fiber, which we can eat. Intestinal bacteria slowly digest resistant starch that provides us with the necessary energy. Green bananas are the best source of such starch, but the more carefully they are peeled, the less of it remains.

2. Do not mash potatoes

Whatever you did with food, such as mashing, blending and even chewing – it all accelerates the release of sugars into the body and increases the rate of digestion. For example, when you eat an apple, much less sugar comes into the blood as compared eating applesauce. The same applies to potatoes – the less they are treated, water saturated and mashed, the less sugar goes into the small intestine.

3. Drink water to relieve back pain

Up to 75% of people suffer from chronic dehydration, which affects not only their waists, but also their backs. Drinking 8-10 glasses of water a day can relieve back and joint pain in 80% patients. The water will “wash off” the extra calories from the body, as they will be used to activate the work of the kidneys. Water is one of the main components of a healthy diet.

4. Cook on water rather than on olive oil

Olive oil is considered the most useful for cooking, but when heated it releases toxic chemicals – lipid peroxides. When used in food, these chemicals can react with proteins and DNA, which increases the risk of cancer and heart disease. Olive oil is a useful product, but it is best suited for salads. It is more useful to cook just on plain water!

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