Zinc Grocery List

These foods will help strengthen your immune system, promote cell growth and even maintain your ability to taste and smell!

Zinc Grocery List

By Toni Gasparis

A little bit of zinc does your body a world of good. Just a small amount of zinc every day helps strengthen your immune system, promote cell growth and even maintain your ability to taste and smell! Unfortunately, your body doesn’t naturally store zinc, so you need to make sure you’re including zinc-rich foods in your diet. Use this list to shop for delicious foods that will increase your daily zinc intake.


Beans

If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, don’t worry! There are still plenty of ways for you to get your daily dose of zinc. Beans are one good option. Adding white beans, kidney beans or chickpeas to a salad is a great way to add zinc to any meal.

Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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