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Ugly Foods You Should Be Eating
May 30, 2014
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Today we'd like to share with you some of the ugliest foods you should be eating.

Brussels Sprouts

No wonder your mother always forced you to eat brussels sprouts, they’re excellent for your cells.

They contain substantial amounts of a compound called brassinin, which helps support healthy cell growth.

They also contain diindolylmethane (DIM), which supports healthy hormonal balance in both men and women by promoting the excretion of xenoestrogens, which are bad estrogens we encounter through toxins and pollution.

Swordfish

Creepy-looking swordfish is a great fish to eat.

Certain types of oily fish help reduce inflammation in the body that can lead to heart problems.

Fish is also rich in vitamin-D and omega-3 fatty acids, which benefit brain and heart function.

Ginger

Ginger root improves digestion and reduces inflammation.

It has long been used as a natural treatment for colds and the flu, as well as stomach flues or food poisoning, given the positive effects ginger has on the digestive tract.

In addition, studies have shown that ginger powder may induce cell death in ovarian cancer cells.

Ginger is also shown to be a powerful painkiller and can be used to relieve heartburn and migraines

Mushrooms

As ugly (and as smelly) as they are, mushrooms bring a lot to your table.

They provide a lot of nutrition considering they’re very low in calories and sodium, and cholesterol and fat free.

They're also a great source of B vitamins and are one of the few dietary sources of vitamin-D, which aids in bone health by helping to absorb calcium.

Research shows that vitamin-D plays a role in improving cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, and can boost immunity.

Maitake mushrooms, in particularly, are especially high in vitamin-D

Celery Root

Celeriac (also known as celery root), is a knobby-shaped bulb that often has smaller, spider-like root protrusions.

It’s an excellent source of vitamin-K and a good source of dietary fiber.

Vitamin-K promotes strong bones and may protect against osteoporosis.

The fiber has cancer-protective qualities, among other benefits.

Plus, [celery root] only has 30 calories for a 1/2 cup serving.

Kelp

This creature from the sea is packed with iodine, which is important for proper growth and development.

It also does wonders to your thyroid, immune function, and hormone regulation.

Kelp also contains lots of tummy-lovin fiber.

Wakame

In case you didn’t already know, wakame is a sea vegetable.

It’s an excellent source of iodine (good for thyroid health) and vitamin-K (great for proper blood clotting and bone health).

Vitamin-K also plays a role in cardiovascular health.

Sea vegetables are also a good source of iron, calcium, magnesium, and B vitamins.

They also contain the antioxidant vitamins C and E and the antioxidant minerals manganese and zinc.

Octopus

Next time you see octopus on a menu, consider giving it a try.

It’s delicious (when cooked properly) and it's a great protein.

Octopus is low in saturated fat and contains omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for cardiovascular health.

It's a good source of iron and contains many other vitamins and minerals, including A, C, B, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, and selenium.

Kefir

The idea of eating anything fermented doesn’t sound too appealing, but fermented foods like kefir have many benefits.

They offer probiotics and are commonly eaten in many indigenous diets,

Jerusalem Artichoke

Although it looks like a mangled ginger root, the Jerusalem artichoke is jam-packed with vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients.

Ignore its rough exterior because t’s an especially notable source of iron, a mineral that’s challenging to get enough of for many women.

The other main nutrients in Jerusalem artichoke are potassium, magnesium, and fiber.

The many benefits these nutrients provide include maintaining good digestive and immune system functioning and potentially lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Sardines

Next time you dance past sardines at the supermarket, stop and consider the fish.

It’s rich in omega-3s and easy to keep in the pantry.

Black Garlic

Although black garlic might look like pieces of coal, it’s absolutely divine and practically a delicacy.

It boasts double the antioxidants of raw garlic.

It also provides S-Allycysteine, a natural compound that may play a role in cancer prevention.

Prunes

No wonder people suggest you eat prunes when you’re constipated.

This ugly fruit is great for digestive health and is rich in antioxidants.

Oysters

Oysters are an excellent low-calorie protein source.

They're also said to be one of the best food sources of zinc available.

Figs

People have told me that they don't eat figs because they don't like the way that they look.

Are they kidding?

Figs are high in fiber and full of vitamins and minerals.

They're sweet, juicy, and delicious alone or in a salad with arugula and cheese.

Liver

It doesn’t look as delicious as a steak, but liver’s health benefits have landed it on our list of ugly foods you should be eating.

If you choose to eat meat, liver can be a great addition to your diet because it's packed with vitamins and minerals, including B vitamins and iron

Ideally, you should choose liver from grass-fed and/or organically-raised animals.

Durian

Native to Asian countries like Brunei, Malaysia, and Indonesia, durian can be difficult to find.

The fruit, which has been dubbed the "King of Fruits," tastes divine.

Its smell, on the other hand, is another story.

It has a very distinct odor.

In fact, the fruit is prohibited in hotels and public transportations in Southeast Asia.

But it’s a great source of vitamin-C, dietary fiber, and B-complex groups of vitamins.

Jackfruit

Jackfruit (pictured at top), which is indigenous to India, Bangladesh, Philippines, and Sri Lanka, has a juicy pulp around the seeds that taste a lot like pineapple, but it’s not as sweet.

You can get it in the form of sweet chips or packaged in cans.

The jackfruit is a great source of dietary fiber, minerals, and vitamins A and C.

It supplies plenty of energy, yet does not contain saturated fats or cholesterol, making it a very healthy fruit.

Tempeh

Tempeh, a fermented soy food that looks like a bunch of beans with white stuff on them, is a great protein.

This type of soy is more digestible because it's been fermented.

Miso

Miso is usually a dark brown paste that isn't very attractive, but it's also a fermented soy food that has beneficial qualities for your digestive system.

Mangosteen

The mangosteen might look like a brain, but its edible peel contains one of the most powerful antioxidants found in nature.

Xanthones, a mega phytonutrient, has been linked to remarkable cardiovascular benefits, cancer prevention, and healing skin infections.

Plus, it is a natural antibiotic.

It’s a true super food!

Green Smoothies

We promise green smoothies taste better than they look.

Plus, they’re full of nutrients.

We all know we need to eat our greens.

This is an easy way to get a whopping dose of all the super-alkalizing, skin-clearing, energy-boosting, fiber-filled, nutrient-packed greens that you should otherwise be eating.

Bitter Melon

This fruit that resembles a wrinkly cucumber may actually treat diabetes.

Bitter melon can lower your blood sugar and burn fat.

Okra

Cone-shaped okra has been dubbed “ladies fingers” and has weird seeds inside.

But don’t knock ‘em until you try ‘em, because this vegetable can help your digestion and colon due to its lubricating mucilage

Nopal Cactus

If you’re not already familiar, the nopal cactus looks like a ping pong paddle with thorns.

But this fruit can lower your blood sugar.

Chayote

Chayote is a squash that looks like a hand grenade.

It’s good for you because it is an excellent source of vitamin-C.

It can also treat kidney stones.

Seaweed

Seaweed removes residue of radiation in the body, improves water metabolism, is a lymphatic cleanser, and strengthens the thyroid..

Seaweed secrete mucilaginous gels including algin, carrageenan, and agar, all of which rejuvenate the gastrointestinal tract and the lungs.

Seaweed also contains the broadest range of minerals of any organism and has a plethora of amino acids and vitamins, including calcium, iodine, and iron.

Unfortunately, that's all the time we have for today.

We wish you and your family the very best in health and happiness!

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