FIVE GROSS FOODS THAT ARE GOOD FOR YOU
Dare you eat wheatgrass? Or blood sausage? Along with cod liver oil, natto and calf's liver, these five nauseating foods are actually very good for you--if you can stomach them. Matthew Cenzon of SymtomFind.com explains that no matter how disgusting these foods look, smell or taste, they come with numerous health benefits.
Wheatgrass looks, smells and tastes like regular old grass from your yard. However, it's actually made from wheat plants and contains such nutrients as magnesium, calcium and various vitamins. How to consume it: Process wheatgrass through a juicer and drink it straight or mix it with another type of juice.
2. Cod Liver Oil
Extracted from the liver of codfish, nearly everyone would agree cod liver oil is totally disgusting. If you can stomach the strong fishy flavor and aroma, it really is good for you as it is a direct source of omega-3 fatty acids. How to consume it: Take a spoonful of the actual oil (if you're really brave) or swallow it as a pill for a nutrition supplement.
This gooey Japanese food is made from fermented soybeans, and while it looks unappetizing and smells worse (think of a block of stinking cheese), it is a super food containing protein and probiotics. The probiotics, also known as "good bacteria," help maintain an effective digestive tract. How to consume it: The Japanese eat it over rice for breakfast. It tastes nutty and slightly salty.
4. Blood Sausage
More commonly known as blood pudding, blood sausage is made from the dried blood of various animals. It looks like a burned sausage. If you can get past all that, it is loaded with protein, low in carbohydrates and packed with iron and zinc. It also has fewer calories than regular sausage. In Europe, typical fillers include meat, fat, suet, bread, sweet potato, onion, chestnuts, barley and oatmeal, while in Spain and Asia, potato is often replaced by rice. How to consume it: Grill it in a bit of oil on the stovetop or on your outdoor grill.
5. Calf's Liver
This may be one of those foods your mother made you eat when you were little, and you spit it in your napkin when she wasn't looking. Not only does calf's liver have an odd odor and texture, but this is the organ in which the animal's toxins are broken down. Still, the health benefits are spectacular. It is packed with vitamin B12, riboflavin and folate, as well as being a significant source of protein. In addition, it contains selenium, tryptophan, phosphorus and other vital nutrients. On the down side, calf's liver has a lot of cholesterol and fat, so if you're looking for an excuse to avoid it, that's it. How to consume it: Fry it in butter on the stovetop over a medium-high heat for about 15 minutes. If the temperature is too high, it will be tough. Serve with grilled onions. Or order it in a restaurant so your entire house doesn't smell like liver and onions.