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10 Food That You Are Eating The Wrong Way

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Even if you eat plenty of fruits and veggies and already know about the latest and greatest superfoods on the market, that is only half the battle. The other half is understanding how to reap the biggest benefits from all that goodness. The way you eat and prepare certain foods can actually make or break the health benefits they provide. You may not think twice about boiling veggies, peeling apples, or drinking a cup of coffee as soon you wake up—but there are actually better and healthier ways to consume them all.

So, we are helping you take a second look at the regular food you have been eating the wrong way.

1. Tea

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Milk and tea go well together but this pairing needs intervention. We love our tea with some added milk, but it only takes away all the heart-protecting benefits of drinking tea. The milk proteins called caseins decrease a compound in tea called catechins, which boost protection against heart disease. We should, instead, always drink our tea plain or by adding a splash of lemon.

2. Vegetables

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Steaming is the best cooking method for it retains maximum nutrients. If you boil your veggies, you are actually sending key nutrients (like vitamin C) into the water and therefore down the drain, rather than into your system.

3. Garlic

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Allicin—the cancer-fighting enzyme found in garlic actually benefits from exposure to air. You should let your garlic sit out for about ten minutes after you have chopped, crushed or minced them, before you throw them in a hot skillet.

4. Coffee

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thecoffeecompass

Some of us guzzle down coffee the instant we wake up. But, drinking coffee first thing after waking up is drinking it wrong. Our body’s cortisol levels (a steroid hormone which regulates a wide range of processes throughout the body including metabolism and the immune response) are highest in the morning. It peaks about 20-30 minutes after we wake up and is lowest at night to help our body relax for sleep. Mixing high levels of cortisol with caffeine can increase your tolerance, making caffeine less effective.

5. Apple

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If you’re eating your apples peeled, you are missing out on important health benefits such as improved fullness, cholesterol control, and inflammation reduction. Apple skin is particularly rich in nutrients such as fiber and antioxidants and throwing the skin away is like throwing gold away.

6. Yogurt

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You know that watery substance that you often find atop your yogurt? The one you probably pour down the sink? That is whey, and it contains protein and vitamin B12, along with minerals like calcium and phosphorus. Rather than dumping the whey out, give your yogurt a quick stir so you retain all of its health benefits.

7. Juice

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Juicing is an awesome way to get nutrients into your body as they are absorbed straight into your bloodstream. It gives your body a direct shot of vitamins, minerals and enzymes. One of the common mistakes though is adding too much fruit into fresh juices. Although fruits are filled with vitamins and minerals, they also expose your body to a large amount of sugar in the form of fructose. Always add chia to your juice, even your green juices, as this will turn this short burst of energy into a slow burning fuel. It is pretty much the way coal burns, giving you energy all day long.

8. Dairy

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When it comes to dairy, you do not always need to grab the low-fat variety because you are going to end up eating a lot of sugar, yes sugar instead. The issue is that when you remove a nutrient like fat, you need to add another, and in most cases, it is sugar, in order to make it palatable to the masses.

9. Banana

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A banana is one of the easiest snacks to take on the go, but if you are eating them solo, you are actually eating the yellow fruit all wrong. Always eat them with some kind of fat like almond butter because the fat helps metabolize the fruit’s high sugar content.

10. Whole Grains And Beans

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Whole grains and beans are highly nutritious, but, not if you have been taking the grains/beans right from the box to the stove. You actually need to soak them overnight before cooking. That is because they contain an antioxidant called phytates. But, the problem with this compound is that it binds to vitamins and minerals and prevents your body from absorbing them. Hence, you need to soak them to release the phytates.

So, which one of these have you been eating the wrong way? Tell us in the comment section below.

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