Healthline reports that there are plenty of bitter food options that can easily be incorporated into your diet to reap a variety of health benefits. Here are some examples:
1. Bitter Melon: This vegetable has a similar appearance and texture to a cucumber but with a much more bitter taste. Bitter melon is rich in triterpenoids, polyphenols, and flavonoids, which have been shown to block certain types of cancer in test tube and animal experiments. It can also be used by diabetics as a natural aid to help control blood sugar levels.
2. Cruciferous Vegetables:According to healthline Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, radishes, and arugula are all part of the cruciferous vegetable family, known for their bitter flavor and numerous health benefits. Glucosinolates, found in these vegetables, have been linked to a decreased risk of cancer and can aid in breaking down pollutants in the liver.
3. Citrus Peel: While the pulp and juice of citrus fruits may be sweet or sour, the peel and white pith are quite bitter due to their flavonoid content. Citrus peels have the highest concentration of flavonoids among fruit portions, including the antioxidants hesperidin and naringin. Zest, dried peel, and candied peel are all ways to incorporate citrus peel into your diet.
4. Cranberries: These red, sour berries can be consumed in various forms and contain type-A proanthocyanidins, which inhibit bacterial attachment to body tissues and may prevent tooth decay, stomach infections, and urinary tract infections. Drinking cranberry juice regularly has also been linked to better heart health.
5. Cocoa: Unsweetened cocoa powder and cacao nibs have a bitter taste but are high in polyphenols and antioxidants that can improve cardiovascular health by lowering inflammation and widening blood vessels. Dark chocolate is also a good option as long as it is low in sugar.
Incorporating these bitter foods into your diet can be an easy way to support your overall health and wellness.
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