Bites That Pack A Punch

These simple but effective foods will have you in the pink of health in no time.


You need not believe the rumour going around that the broccoli can feel pain, but what you can believe in are the amazing qualities of this superfood* – from boosting immunity to fighting depression (thanks to its plentiful B-vitamin folate). Also, if you’re lactose-intolerant, you can always munch on broccoli. Every serving (about a 250ml cup) packs about 1/3 of the calcium in an equivalent glass of milk.
*Superfood: Food rich in vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and antioxidants. Packed with nutrients and minimal calories.

Chia Seeds

These are the latest superfood in the market that are jam-packed with great stuff like omega-3 (a fatty acid for healthy hearts, among other things), protein, fibre, calcium, B-vitamins and antioxidants. Best of all, they are cholesterol-free. Note that they deliver about six times more omega-3 than salmon – so good news for those who hate fish! Sprinkle atop rice or cereal.


To put an end to that stuffy nose, try taking some chilli. The chemical capsaicin, responsible for chilli’s signature spiciness, releases endorphins that help to unclog the nasal passage, as well as relieve headaches.


The next time nausea and a crippling headache hit you after a night of heavy drinking, a.k.a. a hangover, reach for the honey pot. The natural sugars in honey, often called the food of the gods, speed up the oxidation of alcohol. Take two to six teaspoons every 30 minutes after waking up. Repeat until you’re relieved.


The most famous of all aphrodisiacs, the oyster is also the richest food source of zinc. Did you know the lack of zinc can lead to poor appetite, stunted growth and slower wound healing? So for your daily dose of zinc, just slurp down a normal-sized oyster. Lemon and tabasco sauce optional.

White-Fleshed Food

Ever wonder why “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”? A 10-year Dutch study shows that adults who eat plenty of white-fleshed fruits and vegetables like apples or cucumbers have a 52% lower chance of suffering a stroke.


Want to have strong peepers? Try some wolfberries. Their beta-carotene content is among the highest in edible plants. Every 100mg of wolfberries has 7mg of beta-carotene, about 33% more than the same amount of carrots. Snack on dried wolfberries, or throw a handful into a cup of hot water to make sweet-tasting tea.

    Jul 18, 2012
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