Consuming these 12 foods and drinks every day could make you healthier

Consuming these 12 foods and drinks every day could make you healthier

AN apple a day keeps the doctor away, but did you know that beer, chocolates and, hey, mustard can help too? Yesterday we explained how regular tea and coffee can increase lifespan.

Katy Docherty prescribes 13 more things to eat and drink daily.

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An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but did you know that beer, chocolates and, hey, mustard can help too?Credit: Getty

KIPPER – To help lower blood pressure

Daily servings of herring, even in kipper form, can do wonders for heart health

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Daily servings of herring, even in kipper form, can do wonders for heart healthCredit: Shutterstock

Daily servings of herring, even in kipper form, can do wonders for heart health.

The NHS recommends one serving of oily fish a week. But a recent study from the Macau University of Science and Technology in China said that a daily serving of kippers, which contain 3g of Omega 3, will slightly lower blood pressure.

PEANUT BUTTER – For your heart

A spoonful of peanut butter for breakfast every morning can cut your risk of fatal heart disease by a fifth

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A spoonful of peanut butter for breakfast every morning can cut your risk of fatal heart disease by a fifthCredit: Shutterstock

A DOZEN of this for breakfast every morning can cut your risk of fatal heart disease by a fifth.

A 12-year American university study tested the benefits of people eating 18g of the spread every day.

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BEER – For type 2 diabetes

Open the cans: It just might prevent type 2 diabetes

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Open the cans: It just might prevent type 2 diabetesCredit: Getty

CRACK opens the cans: It just might prevent type 2 diabetes.

Researchers from Harvard and the Netherlands found that one or two beers a day in light drinkers can reduce the risk of the disease by 25%. But the findings only applied to 12 oz cans of beer, not larger pints.

CHOCOLATE – For intestinal health

A little chocolate is great for your waistline, but only if eaten in the morning

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A little chocolate is great for your waistline, but only if eaten in the morningCredit: Getty

A little chocolate is great for your waistline, but only if eaten in the morning.

A Spanish study from the University of Murcia found that women who did it daily for two weeks lost weight. Those who ate it in the evening had no change.

STRAWBERRIES – To reduce the risk of cancer

A few strawberries every day can help fight throat cancer

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A few strawberries every day can help fight throat cancerCredit: Shutterstock

A few strawberries every day can help fight throat cancer.

Ohio University gave 36 people with precancerous lesions 2 oz of freeze-dried berries a day for six months, and the lesions improved.

APPLE – To lower cholesterol

Harvard researchers found that the fiber and antioxidants in apples can lower cholesterol levels

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Harvard researchers found that the fiber and antioxidants in apples can lower cholesterol levelsCredit: Shutterstock

WHY only have one a day when two have double the health?

Harvard researchers found that the fiber and antioxidants in apples can lower cholesterol levels. Eating two apples reduced artery fat by ten percent and three by 13 percent.

Broccoli – For training recovery

If you're sore after your workout, try eating broccoli

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If you’re sore after your workout, try eating broccoliCredit: Getty

IF you’re sore after your workouts, try eating this fabulous vitamin-packed superfood.

A study in the British Journal of Nutrition found that three servings a day reduced muscle pain. Then you’ll be ready to go back to the gym sooner.

BRAZIL NUTS – For better skin

Eating two to three Brazil nuts a day can do wonders for your skin

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Eating two to three Brazil nuts a day can do wonders for your skinCredit: Getty

MUNCHING two or three of these a day can do wonders for your skin.

A handful has enough skin-soothing selenium for the recommended daily intake. Nuts help against sun damage and prevent the appearance of wrinkles.

SPROUTS – To reduce the risk of chronic diseases

Brussels sprouts are top of very few shopping lists except for Christmas, but they should be

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Brussels sprouts are top of very few shopping lists except for Christmas, but they should beCredit: Getty

Brussels sprouts are first on very few shopping lists except for Christmas, but they should be.

A Dutch study found that they help reduce inflammation and DNA damage, and prevent Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s if eaten daily.

COFFEE – For a good memory

Three or more cups a day makes you more alert, but also smarter

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Three or more cups a day makes you more alert, but also smarterCredit: Shutterstock

THREE or more cups a day make you more alert, but also smarter.

One study set mental tasks for those who had as much caffeine as those who had less, and the former did much better.

ARTICHOKE – To combat stress

Artichokes are full of prebiotics, which help grow good bacteria in the gut

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Artichokes are full of prebiotics, which help grow good bacteria in the gutCredit: Getty

THESE are full of prebiotics, which help grow good bacteria in the gut.

Studies have shown that eating 5g of these every day can help fight stress and depression. The vegetable is rich in potassium and magnesium, both anti-stress vitamins.

PORRIDGE – To reduce the risk of autoimmune diseases

A bowl of porridge a day can reduce inflammation and the risk of potentially serious illnesses

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A bowl of porridge a day can reduce inflammation and the risk of potentially serious illnessesCredit: Getty

ONE BOWL a day can reduce inflammation and the risk of potentially serious illness.

Inflammation is useful for counteracting toxins and bacteria in the body.

But too much can be linked to asthma or even cancer.

MUSTARD – To reduce the risk of dementia

A spoonful of whole grain mustard every day can keep your brain healthy for longer

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A spoonful of whole grain mustard every day can keep your brain healthy for longerCredit: Getty
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A SPOON of wholegrain mustard every day can keep your brain healthy for longer.

A study by Cardiff University found that the condiment reduced blood cholesterol by ten percent. As a result, the risk of vascular dementia, as well as heart disease, decreased.


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