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5 Unusual Foods That Are Packed Full Of Amazing Health Benefits

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When it comes to health & fitness, your diet is everything. If you don’t eat the right things, then you’ll never see the desired results. It’s not a tricky thing to understand, and eating healthy is far easier than most people think. All you need is a balanced diet full of protein, carbohydrates, fats, fiber and vitamins.

No doubt you’re aware of many foods that are considered ‘healthy’ and good for you to eat. You know what I’m talking about; fruit, lean chicken, broccoli, oats - and all the other trendy health foods out there. But, today’s post is going to look at some of the more unusual foods that you probably don’t eat regularly. They may seem a bit strange, but adding them to your diet will help you see some fantastic health benefits!



Licorice

Most of us look at licorice as one of those sweets that no-one likes to eat. Some of you may love it, others will probably hate the strange aniseedy taste that it brings. But, did you know that it’s actually an incredibly healthy food for you to eat?

It’s true, and one of the leading health benefits relates to your digestion. Licorice has long been proven to help with a range of digestive issues including bloating, heartburn, and upset stomachs. Eat a piece of natural licorice after your meals, and you’ll be surprised at how much better your stomach feels. But, it’s also said to help cure colds and help with sinus issues as well, making it ideal during the colder months.

The key thing here is to ensure that you buy natural licorice that’s not packed full of unwanted sugar and other things. So, buying a pack of licorice-flavored sweets in the shop won’t cut it! You can buy the real stuff online, and there are other ways to ingest this food if you don’t want to eat it. Below, you can see a licorice tea recipe that’s easy to make and very comforting for your stomach.

Crab

It’s fair to say a lot of people have probably never even tried crab before. Or, if you have, then it’s a rare occasion to say the least. In my family, it might come out at Christmas time as a starter for the main meal, but even then it’s quite rare.

I think what puts a lot of people off is the way it looks. You see a crab and it kind of scares you to think about eating it, particularly if the shell is still on. But, once you know how beneficial it can be to your health, you’ll soon get past this fear!

To start, crab meat is incredibly low in fats - and the fat that’s in it is good fat. This means it contains essential omega-3 fatty acids, which help your body function properly. These fatty acids protect your body against diseases - particularly heart disease - and make it easier for you to absorb other nutrients. Speaking of which, you get a hefty bit of protein in a serving of crab as well, which is essential for promoting muscle recovery and growth. If you work out, then you need protein to fuel your body! There’s also a lot of vitamin B2 in this meat, which helps your nervous system function correctly, and is another highly recommended vitamin for athletes or people who exercise a lot.

As you can see, there’s plenty of goodness packed into one serving of crab meat. The only issue is it can be hard to get your hands on some quality crab that’s as fresh as can be from a good source. But, nowadays, you can ship Maryland crab right to your door by buying it online, so that’s not really something to be concerned with. You don’t need to eat this every day, but perhaps add it to your meal cycle so you have some once per week.

Marmite

Marmite is very popular over in the UK, and it’s not something that a lot of people have tried at all. In fact, if you Google it, you’ll probably be instantly put off. It’s made from yeast extract, which gives it a very distinct and salty flavor. You could love it, but you could equally hate it. Weirdly, this has become a key marketing point for the brand, but we won’t go into that!

From a health standpoint, it’s genuinely one of the better things you can put in your body. Marmite is very low in sugar, contains hardly any calories, and has an impressive protein content per serving. For any vegetarians out there, it has no meat in it at all and is packed full of so many essential vitamins and minerals that your body needs. Primarily, there are so many B Vitamins in this weird concoction that it can be used as a replacement for an actual B Vitamin supplement! Getting a good dose of these vitamins can help improve your nail and hair growth, protect your nervous system, and ensure your liver and kidneys function as they should.

Again, it’s not hard to get your hands on as you can just order it online to be shipped to your home. Of course, if you’re reading this from the UK, then you can just pop into any shop and find it with all the other spreads. That’s the most popular way of eating it; spread it on your toast for a nutritious start to the day, or as a mid-afternoon snack.

Bugs

Don’t leave, please! I know, this instantly fills you with disgust as you can’t even think about eating bugs. It seems like some sort of trial from a reality TV show, not a food you can actually eat. But, in many parts of the world - particularly South America - eating bugs is seen as a regular part of their cuisine. More often than not, grasshoppers and crickets are the chosen choices, and they’re typically cooked and seasoned, with many people saying they’re quite nice.

The reason they’re on this list is that they’re definitely unusual, and they definitely have loads of fantastic health benefits packed into them as well. Mainly, it’s the protein content. There is a higher protein content in grasshoppers and crickets than there is in things like chicken or beef. Many people believe they’re the answer to sustainable protein sources, which can help reduce the environmental impact of farming beef or chicken. But, they’re also full of calcium and iron, which both help your bones grow stronger and allow you to feel more energized. A lack of iron can make you feel tired all the time as it indicates a low red blood cell count. You also get vitamin B12 - which promotes healthy hair growth - along with vitamins A and C too.

Obviously, you probably don’t want to eat a bug, but it’s worth trying them just to see if you actually like it or not. Think of it this way; it’s not really any different to eating other animals. If you’re really put off, then there are other ways you can consume the health benefits that come from crickets and grasshoppers - mainly in their powdered form. There’s a fun video below that explores the different ways you can use bug protein powder in your meals.

Kimchi

There’s nothing particularly unusual about kimchi in the sense of what it is. Essentially, it’s just fermented vegetables - so it’s nothing you wouldn’t usually eat. Most kimchi is made up of cabbages, but it’s the fermentation that’s unusual. You’ve probably not eaten kimchi before, and that’s another reason why it makes it on my list.

Basically, the fermentation process adds so many nutritional benefits to this food. For one, it provides you with a whole day’s worth of Vitamin C in just one serving. This promotes healthy skin, wards off diseases, and keeps you nice and healthy. But, perhaps the main reason people eat kimchi instead of just regular vegetables is that it has so much friendly bacteria in it. As a result, it promotes gut health, aiding your digestive issues. There are amino acids in it as well, which is beneficial for anyone out there who trains a lot. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, so they allow your body to consume protein more efficiently and use it to recover and build muscle tone.

It’s quite hard to find kimchi in the shops, but you may be able to get it in Asian grocery stores or online shops. Alternatively, you can make it at home, and once it’s made it will keep for a very long time. So, if you’re interested, there’s a recipe video for you to check out below:



As I said right at the start of this piece; your diet is everything. If you want to stay fit and healthy, then you have to be mindful of what you eat. A great way to ensure you stick to a healthy diet is by eating a wide variety of interesting foods. So, give any of these a try if you want to see some serious health benefits!

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