With a seemingly never-ending supply of activities and commitments occupying our time on any given day, becoming an expert multitasker is more than just a choice, it’s a necessity. We listen to books on tape while we drive, we cook dinner while cleaning our kitchen, and we take calls from our accountants on the elliptical all to ensure we have enough time to knock out all the things we actually want to do.
Unfortunately, even if you consider yourself somewhat of an expert at multitasking, doing so can take its toll. In fact, researchers believe that only two percent of the population can effectively multitask, and study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America reveals that over time, multitasking can actually harm our brains. The good news? When it comes to your cooking and your health, there are a host of foods that can do the double-duty for you.
Researchers at Monash University’s Biomedicine Discovery Institute have discovered that certain foods—particularly those that influence the production of short-chain fatty acids in the gut —can reduce the risk of developing diabetes while improving your immune health at the same time. Even better? The foods that fit the bill aren’t specialty snacks you’ll have to pay an arm and a leg for—some of your kitchen staples likely make the list. So start getting healthier today by adding these 20 foods that boost your immune system and fight diabetes to your diet. And when you want a prescription for better health, discover these 45 Foods For a Healthier Gut.