3 antidotes to overeating
Let’s admit – we all overeat sometimes. But did you know that when you load up on calories, your body has to work twice harder to metabolize the food? And this metabolizing process (especially fatty and carb-rich food) causes the body to produce free radicals, which attack cells and can promote the development of chronic conditions including heart disease, diabetes and cancer. So the more you consume, the more free radicals you produce. Sounds not very good, right? Recent research suggests that there are two ways to reduce free radicals: eating fewer calories and consuming more nutrient-rich food. Here we’ll talk about the second way.
1. Drink wine
As many of you probably know red wine is rich in antioxidants called polyphenols. According to a study published in the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, these antioxidants may reduce the negative impact of high-fat foods. They particularly lower the levels of malondialdehyde (MDA) – a byproduct of fat digestion linked with heart disease. In other research they found out, that one of the compounds of red wine called resveratrol mimicked the effects of caloric restriction and improves health in mice. So you can enjoy a glass of red wine with dinner, but still remember that it’s good only when used in moderation.
2. Drizzle vinegar
When you eat some carbohydrate-rich meal, levels of glucose in your blood increase, so in order to reduce your blood sugar level, have a tablespoon of vinegar with your food, e.g. drizzle it on your salad. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, consuming after meal 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar along with a bagel and fruit juice reduced this rise in glucose in half. And also the subjects of this study ate 200-275 fewer calories through the day. The acid in vinegar inhibits the digestion of the starch, so the starch is rendered into something like fiber, which can’t be digested well.
3. Eat fruit
If you can’t resist eating fat or carbs-rich food, consider some fruit for dessert. According to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, eating antioxidant-rich fruits (including berries, grapes, kiwi and cherries) helps minimize the free-radical damage that occurs after a meal. When you eat caloric meals without antioxidant-rich foods like fruits and vegetables, it can have harmful effects over time. So finish your meal with a couple of antioxidant-rich fruits.