15 alkaline foods that protect against obesity, cancer and heart disease

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To lose weight and avoid several diseases, there is no secret. All you need to do is eat a healthy diet and be physically active on a regular basis. Some foods are lower in calories than others and can be eaten at will and without fear, and they also contain nutrients, vitamins and fibre that the body needs to enjoy good health. These are alkaline foods. Focus on their benefits.

When we fight obesity, we ignore several health issues, including cardiovascular disease and cancer risk. To achieve this, the alkaline diet is the best way to do it. Certainly, our body is alkalinizing in nature but the consumption of processed foods and exposure to stress as relayed by our colleagues in the Cosmopolitan affect its acid-base balance which must be between 7, 3 and 7.4.

Here are the foods to consume without restriction to reduce obesity and fight against several diseases, which should, of course, be combined with a healthy and balanced diet and regular physical activity.

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Lettuce

Lettuce is to be consumed without moderation since 60 grams of this vegetable provides between 9 and 10 calories depending on the type of lettuce. It is rich in vitamins A, C, B9 and K, iron and manganese. In addition, it is rich in antioxidants such as quercetin, phenolic acids and carotenoids. And according to a study, carotenoids, with their antioxidant properties, reduce the risk of certain cancers.

The berries

Berries are a source of flavonols, vitamins and fibre to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease according to a study. They are rich in vitamin C, which helps to protect the body’s cells from the damaging effects of free radicals; moreover, they are not very caloric.

Plums and apples

Plums are known for their laxative effect. Their high fibre content thus facilitates intestinal transit, leading to a reduction in the absorption of sugars and fats by the body.

The apple, for its part, also allows a good regulation of intestinal transit, since it is rich in fibre, fights bad cholesterol and is an undeniable slimming ally since it generates a feeling of satiety. In addition, according to one study, eating one apple a day would help fight cardiovascular disease.

Pineapple

Pineapple is rich in fibre, which helps to satisfy and reduce cravings. It also accelerates the metabolism to burn fat in the body. In addition, the bromelain it contains helps to reduce bloating and constipation. In addition, beta-carotene reduces the risk of prostate cancer, according to a study.

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The zucchini

To lose weight, zucchini is the favourite food since it is low in carbohydrates and calories (17 calories/100g). Rich in vitamins A, C and antioxidants, courgette has, according to a study, a significant anticancer potential, thanks to its components such as lutein, beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, among others.

Beetroot

Beetroot is a good source of vitamins B and C as well as magnesium and manganese. The betaine contains acts according to a study as an anti-inflammatory that protects the body against disease. As well as its fibre content allows for greater satiety.

Cucumbers

Cucumbers are low in calories (10 calories/100g!) and rich in vitamins and minerals. They can promote weight loss and good hydration. In fact, according to one study, it was concluded that eating low-calorie, water-rich foods reduce weight.

Citrus fruits

Although their taste is acidic, once ingested, these foods are alkalizing for the body. Citrus fruits such as grapefruit, according to one study, contain flavonoids, alkaloids and coumarins that act as anti-inflammatory, anticancer, antimicrobial and have a neuroprotective effect. In addition, their high fibre content allows for greater satiety and therefore weight loss.

Celery

Celery is low in calories since 100 grams of this food contains 20 calories and its fibre content reduces weight. In addition, the luteolin contained in this vegetable has been shown in one study to have a preventive effect on cancer.

All these alkaline foods are beneficial in the fight against obesity, but there are some foods that are not but are just as effective. It is not really about banning acidic foods because they provide nutrients to the body. It is advisable to include them in your diet.

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The eggs

Eggs are rich in protein and antioxidants, they contain carotenoids, such as lutein and zeaxanthin, which fight age-related diseases, cardiovascular diseases and some cancers. Just as the egg contains choline, which is found in its yellow part and is essential for the proper functioning of the brain. In addition, it is rich in selenium, vitamins A, B2, B12, D and E, phosphorus, zinc, pantothenic acid, thus promoting bone and tooth health and the production of body cells. In addition, according to one study, eating eggs for breakfast would lead to less variation in insulin, the hunger hormone, and would increase satiety and reduce snacking during the day.

Cauliflower

Cauliflower, a low acidifying food, is a vegetable that belongs to the cruciferous family and is rich in fibre and vitamin B. Its antioxidants and phytonutrients help protect against the risk of cancer. Its high fibre content regulates the immune system and reduces inflammation, which in turn reduces cardiovascular disease, cancer and obesity, according to a study by the National Council on Strength and Fitness.

Eggplants

Eggplant is rich in fibre and drinking eggplant water helps to reduce weight. In addition, in vivo studies have shown that cooked eggplant can protect against cardiovascular disease.

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