9. Chia Seeds

chia seeds

These little seeds look innocuous enough in the package, but when mixed with liquids they expand and take on a slimy consistency that some find tough to swallow. If you can get past the gelatinous texture of these seeds, you can reap many health benefits. Chia seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, and phosphorus. One tablespoon of these seeds provides 16% of your required daily dietary fiber. They can be sprinkled on cereal, added to baked goods, or used as an egg replacement in baking.

8. Cow’s Heart

Cow Heart

Beef heart is rich in iron, packed with vitamin B12, and surprisingly low in fat. Furthermore, it is much less expensive than other cuts of beef. There is a drawback to consuming this organ, other than the creepy idea of ingesting an animal’s heart. Beef heart is high in cholesterol, so it should be avoided by those with high cholesterol levels. For the rest of us, putting aside our squeamishness and consuming moderate amounts of beef heart can have positive effects on our health.

7. Kefir

Kefir

This tangy relative of yogurt is a fermented milk drink made with yeast and bacteria cultures. This sour-tasting, gelatinous beverage contains probiotics, calcium, and potassium. Possible health benefits of consuming this drink are better blood sugar control, lowered cholesterol, and increased lactose tolerance. The bacteria present in kefir break down much of the lactose in milk, which improves digestibility for those who are lactose intolerant.

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