5 guilt-free holiday treats
Here are five tasty reasons to savour the season’without worrying about extra calories
Yes, this berry can prevent urinary tract infections. A random, double-blind study from Italy found that women who drank cranberry extract had less bacteria in their urine.
Peppermint calms an upset stomach and relieves gas and diarrhea, according to research from Bastyr University in Washington State. While peppermint tea works best, strong mints and candy canes can be a sweet substitute.
In a decade-long study of more than 30,000 women, those who ate one to two servings of dark chocolate a week had a 32 percent lower risk of heart failure, shows a study in Circulation. The benefit did not increase for those who ate more, so stick with proper portion sizes: One serving is an ounce (30 g) and, of course, the higher the percentage of cocoa, the better.
The scent alone sparks cravings for holiday baked treats-but for a healthier option, put a stick in a cup of tea or hot cider. Why is this spice good for you? A U.S. study found that it can reduce blood glucose, which may stave off diabetes. Cinnamon is also a carminative, which helps prevent bloating, and it is packed with antioxidants.
Eating nuts daily can help lower blood cholesterol, reports the Archives of Internal Medicine. Plus, nuts are very good sources of protein, unsaturated fats, fibre, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. Going for almonds? Twenty-three of them equals a one-ounce (30-g) serving. Pass the bowl!