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Taking a Look at Some of the Best New Diet Foods

By Mikkie Mills

Weight can be a complicated matter. A lot goes into our waistline. It's not just a matter of how much we eat. What we eat often matters just as much. Some foods will make us gain weight while other foods help us lose it. But there's a few foods that have been particularly noteworthy for helping people drop those pounds. These particular foods deserve a spot among the best new diet foods.

Lychee

Lychee has been enjoyed in Asia for at least 1,000 years. But it's only recently found its way to the Western world. And people have been shocked by just how amazing lychee are. One of the lychee's most distinctive traits is the wrinkled outer skin. But beneath it is a fruit that looks almost like a berry.

It tastes like pure sugar. But the fruit actually only contains about six calories per serving. The amount of fiber seems low at first. But that 0.1 grams of fiber per serving scales up pretty quickly. And it's a ratio far higher than that of candy or other purely sugar based treats. The end effect is that one becomes satiated by the lychee's fiber long before eating enough calories to have a negative impact on one's weight.

Grass fed butter

Most people are quite familiar with butter. But the question of what is grass fed butter will come up the second they hear the name. Grass fed butter is butter that comes from cows who subsist almost entirely on healthy grass. This is in contrast to cows who subsist on food that isn't a natural part of their diet. This might just seem like more of an issue of ethics than diet at first.

But researchers have found that the nutritional value of animal-based products lowers the further removed they are from their natural diets. Basically, an animal that's eating the foods their meant to eat will be healthier. And healthier animals produce higher quality meat, milk, butter or eggs. This holds true for grass fed butter as well.

Butter from cows that have a healthy and natural diet show a number of important benefits. It has higher levels of several vitamins. And it also has five times as much CLA than grain fed cows. CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) has shown some very interesting results when tied with attempts to burn fat and build muscle. A healthy diet helps the cows. And likewise, the healthy products from those cows can help us become healthier.

Nutritional yeast

Nutritional yeast has been around for a while now. But it's only fairly recently that it's made a name for itself in the diet scene. People are looking for natural ways to lose weight. And they often find better results with natural sources of vitamins and minerals than with supplements.

And nutritional yeast is so highly packed with vitamins and minerals that people can often forgo nutritional supplements. All one needs to do is put a tablespoon or so into a meal or beverage. Some people even find it to be a great topping for popcorn. And vegans in particular will get a huge benefit from it. Nutritional yeast is one of the few non-animal-based sources of B-12. All of this means that one can easily make any other diet plan healthier by just adding a little nutritional yeast.

Elderberries

The elderberry is similar to lychee in some ways. It's a lower calorie treat that still packs a sugary taste. It's only recently catching on among dieters though. The main reason is that it requires some skill and knowledge to prepare it in a healthy way. If it's prepared incorrectly it becomes unhealthy rather than promoting health. But there's enough interest at this point that one can easily find properly prepared forms of elderberry.

Getting started with diet foods

These are the best of the best. They're the top foods that can help you lose weight. But it's important to remember that you don't have to focus on a single healthy food. You can add all of these to your diet. And really, a varied diet is often the healthiest. You shouldn't limit yourself to just one of these healthy foods. You should instead try to sample all of them and consider how to fit them into your lifestyle.

About Mikkie Mills: “I’m a Chicago native who loves to share her expertise about personal development and growth. When I’m not writing, I’m chasing the little ones around or rock climbing at the local climbing gym.” More articles by Mikkie.

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