Eat Red in Feb

2 February 2014

It's time again for the ultimate Red monthFebruary, known as American Heart Month and for Valentine's Day. It's the perfect time to celebrate eating Red for good Heart health. Here are my top Five Red Foods that will give you powerful antioxidants, and phytonutrients this month:

Red Cabbage

Did you know that red cabbage contains almost twice as much Vitamin C as green cabbage? It is packed with fibre Vitamin K, Vitamin B6 and potassium.

Strawberries

Consuming eight strawberries gives you the same amount of vitamin C as you'd get from one orange. Some research has shown that strawberries may reduce inflammation and protect LDL ("the bad cholesterol") from oxidation. Eating strawberries in your diet may also help manage blood sugar by improving how well.

Beetroot

If you have been consuming a lot of junk food, adding a glass of beetroot juice to your meals can help you recover by helping to prevent fatty deposits in your body. It is also a storehouse of Vitamin C. If you are not too keen on drinking a pint of beetroot juice every day, you can simply mix it with other healthy juices such as oranges and carrots. Getting some amount of beetroot juice.

Red Bell Peppers

These are a particularly good choice for heart health as they are full of lycopene, which is not found in green peppers. They are also a source of cholesterol-lowering soluble fibre and powerful antioxidant vitamins A and C, which are good for heart health. Red bell peppers are an especially good source of potassium with a whopping 162 milligrams in one cup. Increasing potassium intake in the diet can help lower blood pressure, which is important for optimal heart health. They are also low in calories at only 24 calories per cup, so they are great to include in a heart-healthy diet that also helps you manage your weight.

Red Grapes

Rich in antioxidants and fiber, red grapes are very heart-healthy. Red grapes have been shown to lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation, and reduce heart muscle damage related to a high-salt diet. They have also been shown to reduce blood triglyceride levels, LDL cholesterol levels, and improve blood vessel function. This heart health research on red grapes is impressive, so eat up! Hungry for more?

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