Fat Burning Foods: Potent Foods-2
It’s great for pancakes, breads, cereal, soups or alone as a grain dish commonly
called kasha. It has 155 calories per cooked cup. Research at the All India Institute
of Medical Sciences shows diets including buckwheat lead to excellent blood sugar
regulation, resistance to diabetes and lowered cholesterol levels. You cook
buckwheat the same way you would rice or barley. Bring two to three cups of water
to a boil, add the grain, cover the pan, turn down the heat and simmer for 20 minutes
or until the water is absorbed.
This Eastern Europe staple is a true wonder food. There are only 33 calories in a cup
of cooked shredded cabbage, and it retains all its nutritional goodness no matter how
long you cook it. Eating cabbage raw (18 calories per shredded cup), cooked, as
sauerkraut (27 calories per drained cup) or coleslaw (calories depend on dressing)
only once a week is enough to protect against colon cancer. And it may be a
Surveys in the United States, Greece and Japan show that people who eat a lot of it
have the least colon cancer and the lowest death rates overall.
What list of health-promoting, fat-fighting foods would be complete without Bugs
Bunny’s favorite? A medium-sized carrot carries about 55 calories and is a nutritional
powerhouse. The orange color comes from beta carotene, a powerful cancerpreventing
nutrient (provitamin A).
White meat contains 245 calories per four ounce serving and dark meat, 285. It’s an
excellent source of protein, iron, niacin and zinc. Skinned chicken is healthiest, but
most experts recommend waiting until after cooking to remove it because the skin
keeps the meat moist during cooking.
It’s really a grain – not a vegetable – and is another food that’s gotten a bum rap.
People think it has little to offer nutritionally and that just isn’t so. There are 178
calories in a cup of cooked kernels. It contains good amounts of iron, zinc and
potassium, and University of Nebraska researchers say it delivers a high-quality of
protein, too. The Tarahumara Indians of Mexico eat corn, beans and hardly anything
else. Virgil Brown, M.D., of Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, points out
that high blood cholesterol and cardiovascular heart disease are almost nonexistent
As long as we’re talking about losing weight and fat-fighting foods, we had to
mention cottage cheese. Low-fat (2%) cottage cheese has 205 calories per cup and
is admirably low in fat, while providing respectable amounts of calcium and the B
vitamin riboflavin. Season with spices such a dill, or garden fresh vegetable such a
scallions and chives for extra zip.
To make it sweeter, add raisins or one of the fruit spreads with no sugar added. You
can also use cottage cheese in cooking, baking, fillings and dips where you would
otherwise use sour cream or cream cheese.