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Foods to Help Optimize Metabolism

Acella Pharmaceuticals, LLC., is partnering with Nicole German Morgan, RDN, LD, CLT to bring greater awareness to the importance of thyroid care and education. This post is sponsored by Acella Pharmaceuticals and should not be construed as medical advice. Please talk to your doctor about your individual medical situation.

Disclaimer: The information provided is for educational purposes only and does not substitute professional medical advice. Consult a medical professional or healthcare provider before beginning any exercise, fitness, diet, or nutrition routine.

Are there truly any foods that can help to optimize the metabolism? This is a frequently asked question in the world of hypothyroidism. So let’s dive into the the facts about the foods that may help to support a healthy metabolism.

Top 5 Foods That Support Metabolism

1. Green Tea

While green tea is most commonly a beverage, we have seen it used in powdered form in smoothies and in other ways and in foods. Green tea has some of the best supporting research surrounding its effect on metabolism.1 For example, green tea may increase thermogenesis (increased energy production) and may positively affect fat metabolism.1

2. Legumes

Legumes are one of the best sources of resistant starch, which may support metabolism. What is resistant starch? These starches are a type of carbohydrate that “resists” digestion in the small intestine and acts more similarly to a fiber. The result is that legumes may support improved metabolic health.2 They may support better blood sugar control as an added bonus!2 Legumes are foods such as any bean, pea, or lentil. These days, you can find pasta made from lentils or chickpeas and various snack products made with legumes. Try them to add variety.

3. Turmeric

Spices and foods high in antioxidants may better support metabolism. Turmeric contains potent antioxidants that may support a healthy inflammatory response as well as healthy fat metabolism.3 You can try adding turmeric to smoothies, sprinkling some on top of your next meal, or stirring it into a soup or stew.

4. Pistachios

Nuts, in general, may have a positive effect on health. But there is interesting research on pistachios that shows improved fat metabolism and blood sugar control after consuming approximately 2 ounces of nuts daily.4 The good news is that all nuts are a great portable snack option, and you can incorporate them into your diet in many ways. Try topping a salad with nuts, add them to oatmeal or blend some nut butter into your next smoothie!

5. Apples

Many fruits, such as apples, also contain resistant starches. Apples in particular also contain the antioxidant quercetin, which is known to contain many anti-obesity properties.5 These properties include supporting a healthy inflammatory response, improving blood sugar control, and helping with appetite control, all of which may support better metabolic health. The great news is that apples are easy to incorporate into a healthy diet as a snack or recipe!

Are any of these foods miracle cures? No, they are not. But you can see how incorporating a variety of whole foods helps support a healthy body and metabolism.

REFERENCES: 1. Dinh TC, Thi Phuong TN, Minh LB, et al. The effects of green tea on lipid metabolism and its potential applications for obesity and related metabolic disorders - An existing update. Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome: Clinical Research & Reviews. 2019;13(2):1667-1673. doi:10.1016/j.dsx.2019.03.021. 2. Jenkins DJA, Jenkins AL, Wolever TMS, Collier GR, Rao AV, Thompson LU. Starchy foods and fiber: reduced rate of digestion and improved carbohydrate metabolism. Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology. 1987;22(sup129):132-141. doi:10.3109/00365528709095867. 3. Srinivasan K. Spices as influencers of body metabolism: an overview of three decades of research. Food Research International. 2005;38(1):77-86. doi:10.1016/j.foodres.2004.09.001. 4. Hernández-Alonso P, Salas-Salvadó J, Baldrich-Mora M, Juanola-Falgarona M, Bulló M. Beneficial Effect of Pistachio Consumption on Glucose Metabolism, Insulin Resistance, Inflammation, and Related Metabolic Risk Markers: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Diabetes Care. 2014;37(11):3098-3105. doi:10.2337/dc14-1431. 5. Hosseini A, Razavi BM, Banach M, Hosseinzadeh H. Quercetin and metabolic syndrome: A review. Phytotherapy Research. 2021;35(10):5352-5364. doi:10.1002/ptr.7144


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