Eating Right: Some Unusual Suspects

Celery, seaweed could work wonders for your diet
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 27, 2009 2:45 PM CST
Eating Right: Some Unusual Suspects
Celery: lowers blood pressure, and is great in Bloody Marys.   (Wikimedia Commons)

The usual admonitions we hear at this time of year about eating right are probably going in one ear and out the other, so perhaps these unusual health-food suspects from Men’s Health will catch your attention as you prepare that New Year’s resolution.

  • Celery: Its phytochemicals are thought to lower blood pressure. Bonus: It’s great in Bloody Marys.
  • Seaweed: High in potassium and calcium, which lower blood pressure. You’re most likely to see it wrapped around sushi.

  • Hemp seeds: No, you can’t smoke ‘em, but the good fatty acids cut the risk of heart attack and stroke. An easy addition to oatmeal.
  • Scallops: Packed with protein, they also provide magnesium and potassium.
  • Dark meat: Not much more caloric than white meat, and contains “a hormone that makes you feel fuller, longer,” one doc says.
  • Lentils: Lots of fiber, which fills you up; use them as a substitute for pasta or rice.
(Read more health food stories.)

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