Top 6 Healthy Summer Foods
Watermelon, iceberg lettuce, mushroom and many other common foods in summer have more surprising benefits than you thought.
This thirst-quencher is very rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium and antioxidants for cancer prevention. According to a study by Florida State University in 2010, watermelon is one of natural sources of L-citrulline, regulating arterial pressure and lowering blood pressure.
2. Iceberg lettuce
People who love this fresh plant will be happier to know that a small bowl of shredded leaves provides about 20 percent of their daily need for vitamin A, and 15 percent for vitamin A. Additionally, consuming iceberg regularly helps you have a healthy diet.
This starch often gets a bad rap because many people are “addicted” in fried potatoes with butter, cheese or creamy sauces. However, it is actually nutritious if baked at home. According to Cooking Light magazine, a medium potato delivers 160 calories and is one of the best sources of potassium and fiber for the body.
4. Sunflower seed
Nutrition experts or medicine specialists all encourage people to eat nuts, including sunflower seeds. According to Chicago Tribune newspaper, they are a great source of vitamin E. One fourth of a cup of the sunflower seeds delivers over 90 percent of your daily need for vitamin E. Besides, they have important minerals such as manganese, magnesium and selenium.
Once speaking about mushroom, you need to remember that this is the only plant providing essential vitamin D. Moreover, it contains many compounds that improve the resistance power and prevent cancer.
Shrimp is a rich source of protein and vitamin B12. It is also low in fat and high in heart-protective omega-3s. Although shrimp contain a certain amount of cholesterol, the content we consume from this kind of food has only a negligibly small effect on cholesterol in your bloodstream.
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I am a doctor at a general hospital in Washington DC. I am interested in issues related to health and environment. Currently, I am also a freelance writer for a health magazine.