7 Healthy Ingredients Your Diet Needs
You don't need to radically change your lifestyle or pop a small army of supplements to get healthy. Just add these 7 ingredients to your diet
Cook with coconut oilThe latest "it" ingredient for healthy eating: coconut oil. Almost every nutritionist I spoke to says one of the best things you can do to maintain good health is consume 1 to 3 tablespoons of coconut oil every day. Michelle L. Butler, a holistic nutritionist in Redondo Beach, Calif., says consuming the oil every day can "relieve stress, stabilize cholesterol levels, increase immunity, and boost your metabolism and thyroid activity."
Coconut oil includes a variety of acids that are antimicrobial and antifungal, which keep your body working at its optimum level. You can "drizzle it on food, cook with it, or eat it straight," says Butler. Certified fitness trainer and nutrition guru for DailyBurn, Kate Brown, says eating coconut oil "also stimulates fatty acid oxidization, so it helps accelerate fat loss."
What's more, it fills you up. "Fat is satiating," says Brown. "So eating a spoonful of coconut oil can help you forget that what you were actually craving was a muffin or a cupcake."
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