8 cheap and healthy foods
1. Brown rice
Rice is a staple in many countries because it is so cheap. Brown rice, even though it’s a carb, is healthy for you and can actually help you lose weight! A serving of brown rice contains 21% of the daily recommended amount of magnesium, 15% of vitamin B6, 4% of the daily recommended amount of iron and 3.5 grams of fiber. Brown rice is higher in nutrition and absorbed more slowly by the bloodstream than white rice. It is a great food to eat for those wanting to reduce inflammation too.
One study from researchers at Harvard found that Americans who eat two or more servings of brown rice per week can cut their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by about 10%, while a Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital studyfound that women who consumed more whole grains consistently weighed less than those who didn’t. The study also found that those who consumed the most fiber from whole grains were 49% less likely to gain weight.
According to Health Magazine, a half-cup serving of rice contains 1.7 grams of Resistant Starch, which is a healthy carb that increases metabolism and helps to burn fat. But, a note of caution: Since brown rice isn’t necessarily low in calories, it’s best to only consume the recommended serving size and eat an overall low-calorie diet for weight loss. You can find brown rice at Walmart for about $.07 per serving!