Food for Thought – Healthy Food Goes a Long Way


Food for Thought – Healthy Food Goes a Long Way

As we continuously strive to be the best restaurant PE has to offer, we make it part of our daily practice to make sure that we offer our diners wholesome and healthy options.

At Bocadillos, we believe that following a healthy diet and lifestyle has incredible benefits and we fully support the choice of conscious eating and healthy food choices.

In this article, we’d like to share some of the most outstanding benefits of a healthy diet.

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8 Benefits of a Healthy Diet

• Reduced risk of cancer

A poor diet eventually leads to obesity which greatly increases a person’s risk of developing cancer, according to studies.
Furthermore, cancer patients who are obese, face a less promising prognosis than those who are within a healthy range of weight.

Researchers have found that diets moderate in fruit intake and rich in vegetable intake have been shown to minimise the risk of upper gastrointestinal cancer and colorectal cancer respectively.

Additionally, studies have also suggested that the high levels of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables play a role in fighting against cancer by protecting certain cells in the body.

• Diabetes management

People who have diabetes need to be conscious of the amount of sugar in their diet. Unfortunately, sugar is hidden in many foods, including those labelled as healthy.

It’s therefore important for those who have diabetes to be aware of the nutritional value of the food they consume.
By following a healthy diet, people with diabetes can better manage their blood glucose levels, thereby preventing any complications related to the disease.

Furthermore, a healthy diet may assist diabetics to lose weight as well as manage blood pressure and cholesterol levels which can aggravate diabetes and make it more difficult to control.

Not only will a healthy diet make diabetes more manageable, but it will greatly minimise the risk of developing the disease.

• Heart Health

There are studies which have shown that following a healthy diet and lifestyle can reduce the risk of heart related diseases. In fact, up to 80% of strokes and premature heart disease can be prevented by regular exercise and healthy eating.

By avoiding foods high in trans-fat, you avoid developing low-density lipoprotein cholesterol which is known as “bad cholesterol” and is responsible for the obstruction of arteries.

Evidence shows that eating foods high in Vitamin E such as almonds, sunflower seeds, hazelnuts and green vegetables can help prevent blood clots which can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

• Improved Mood

Diets which are high in sugar have been shown to contribute to fatigue and even depression. This is due to the dramatic physiological changes that happen when consuming foods with little nutritional value.

Although people who are suffering from clinical depression must seek medical care, adopting a healthier diet and lifestyle will contribute positively to their overall mood and energy levels.

Vegetables and wholegrains have a low glycaemic index and therefore have less of a dramatic effect on blood sugar levels.
Spikes and drops in blood sugar levels can cause major effects on a person’s general well-being.

• Strong Teeth and Bones

Magnesium and calcium are necessary for the development and maintenance of healthy teeth and strong bones. Making sure your bones are strong will help prevent osteoporosis and osteoarthritis later on in life.

Foods that are rich in calcium include broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, legumes and tofu to name just a few.

• Improved Memory

Studies have shown that cognitive decline can be prevented by a healthy diet and lifestyle. Foods high in omega 3, antioxidants and vitamin D, C and E are all shown to improve memory retention and concentration.

• Improved Gut

A healthy gut is a healthy body. In fact, it is said that a strong immune system depends on a healthy gut.

The good bacteria found in the gut are there to fight off bad bacteria and harmful viruses. If there is an imbalance of good bacteria in the gut, it can result in many unwanted issues such as irritable bowel syndrome and the inability to absorb nutrients from food.

Whole grains, vegetables, legumes and fermented foods such as kimchi and sauerkraut all provide the body with probiotics which help the good bacteria in the colon thrive.

• Improved Sleep

There are many factors that can prevent a person from having a good night’s sleep. These factors include a diet which is high in sugar, excessive alcohol consumption and obesity.

Lack of proper sleep can also result in many other issues related to mood, mental health and overall energy levels.
By eating healthy and whole foods, you can increase your body’s ability to switch off and rest which will in turn help you improve your ability to manage stress, concentration levels and energy levels.

Bocadillos Restaurant PE

If you’re looking for a healthy restaurant in PE, then we have you covered. Whether you are following a vegetarian, low-carb or high protein diet, our menu has something for you.

Our breakfast menu offers a muesli, fruit and yoghurt option which gives you your daily dose of probiotics and whole fruit.
For a warm, savoury option and one which provides essential omega 3 and protein, choose our smoked salmon option and add a poached egg.

For light lunch options, our stir-fry comes packed with fresh vegetables which are high in antioxidants like broccoli, carrots and courgettes. For an extra protein punch, add chicken or beef strips.

Our quiche of the day, served with a salad, offers you a light option which is low in carbohydrates while the egg provides you with the protein you need to keep you going.

Bocadillos dinner options are plentiful and made to suit every preference.

Our grilled salmon once again gives you your essential fatty acids and is served with a generous serving of grilled vegetables and a portion of creamy mash.

We have a variety of salads, ranging from warm to cold and we make sure they are all packed with all the nutrition you need. We take pride in selecting only the best quality fresh ingredients.

From our grill, we offer our diners many high-protein options including various cuts of lean beef which can be paired with either roasted veggies, caulimash or a side salad.

All in all, we make sure that we provide you will a variety of options that are not only delicious, but extremely nutritious too. What more could you ask for in a meal?

Contact us to make your boing at one of our branches in Port Elizabeth.