Many nutritious foods come in appealing packages, such as the vibrant colors of juicy grapes, raspberries, and strawberries. They may be pleasingly crunchy, like a handful of protein-rich almonds, walnuts, or pecans. However, not all foods that are good for you are as tempting as a bowl of heart-healthy oatmeal sprinkled with fresh fruit, and may not have the instant appeal of a leafy green salad topped with crunchy carrots, cucumber, and chickpeas. In fact, some healthy foods can seem downright nasty. Before you turn up your nose at the following slimy, smelly, or unappetizing foods, consider the benefits they may provide to your health.
11. Blood Sausage
Just like it sounds, this culinary delight is made from pig’s blood. This food item is also known as black pudding. However, it bears no resemblance to the creamy, chocolaty dessert that your mom packed in your lunch box. Blood sausage is made by combining pig’s blood with oatmeal, encasing it, and boiling or frying it into a sausage. As you can imagine, blood is high in iron. One serving of blood sausage contains 40% of the recommended dietary allowance of iron. In addition, the oatmeal provides fiber necessary for healthy digestion. If you can stomach the idea of ingesting pig’s blood, this may be a healthy option for your dinner table.
10. Bone Marrow
Bone marrow is the spongy tissue in the center of bones that produces blood cells and platelets. Red marrow is the marrow that produces red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Yellow marrow is composed of fat. Many cultures consider bone marrow a delicacy. The marrow can be sucked or scraped from the femur of a cow. It can also be used as a spread or boiled into a broth. The protein in bone marrow is in the form of collagen, which is beneficial for joint health. Bone marrow also contains omega-3 fatty acids and iron.