- Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fat, which is easily burned for energy.
- An avocado has more than twice as much potassium as a banana.
- For a delicious, creamy salad dressing, mix together avocado and fresh carrot juice.
- You don’t need to eat bananas for the potassium! (Although it is present in bananas, potassium is the predominant nutrient among most fruits and vegetables.)
- Bananas are high in sugar, so they should not be eaten if you have blood sugar problems.
- Don’t eat bananas on an empty stomach; combining them with a bit of protein will help to normalize the insulin response caused by the sugar in the banana.
- Green-tipped bananas are better for your health than over-ripe bananas.
- On a side note: Because bananas are so popular, rainforests are often destroyed to make way for banana plantations.
- Broccoli contains twice the vitamin C of an orange
- It has almost as much calcium as whole milk – and the calcium is better absorbed
- It contains selenium, a mineral that has been found to have anti-cancer and anti-viral properties
- Broccoli is a modest source of vitamin A and alpha-tocopherol vitamin E
- It also has antioxidant properties
- Onions are an excellent antioxidant, and they contain anti-allergy, antiviral and antihistamine properties.
- Sulphur compounds in onions help to detoxify the body.
- Onions aid in cellular repair.
- Onions are a rich source of quercetin, a potent antioxidant.
- To obtain the maximum nutritional benefits, onions should be eaten raw or lightly steamed.
- When buying peanut butter, only buy organic varieties.
- Non-organic peanut butters are high in pesticides and fungus and contain aflatoxin, a potent carcinogenic mold.
- To increase the protein in peanut butter (peanuts have about the same amount of protein as soy), Brewer’s yeast can be mixed in. This is especially useful for vegetarians.
- Peanuts contain beneficial protein, but many people are allergic to them and find them hard to digest.
- They also contain aflatoxin, a carcinogenic, which may explain why peanut farmers have been found to have disproportionately high rates of cancer.
- Peanuts are high in fungus and, often, pesticides.
- They do not contain any omega-3, which can contribute to distorting your omega-6:omega-3 ratio.
- The peanut is actually a legume, not a nut (which is why they are often roasted).
- Peanuts contain about the same amount of protein as soy and are low in starchy carbohydrates.
- Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of carotenoid antioxidants
- They contain calcium, are high in vitamins A and C and contain thiamine
- Be careful: eating too many may cause abdominal swelling and indigestion
- Sweet potatoes are also high in sugar and therefore should be used sparingly
- Sweet potatoes are not related to the potato nor the yam – they are actually a member of the morning glory family.
- Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, flavonoids and other phytochemicals with anti-carcinogenic properties
- Tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C (the vitamin C is most concentrated in the jelly-like substance that surrounds the seeds)
- They also contain vitamin A and B-complex vitamins, potassium and phosphorus
- A tomato grown in a hothouse has half the vitamin C content as a vine-ripened tomato
Zucchini (Summer Squash) or Baby Marrow
- Zucchini and other summer squash varieties contain vitamins A and C
- They also contain potassium and calcium
- The flavor of zucchini is best when it is less than 15 cm long
- Zucchinis can grow as large as baseball bats but have little flavor when they reach this size