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Being healthy isn't just about exercise, it's also about what you eat. But who has time to count calories and avoid processed foods altogether?

For fun, here's a list of some unusual foods you may not have known are actually healthy for you.





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"Who eats that?" you ask. This only means you've not been to any of the middle-eastern restaurants we have in the city.

Nontheless, a serving of it not only give yous protein, it also has niacin, vitamin B12, vitamin C, and iron.

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[text_image img="http://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/gross-food-text-photo-7a.png" width="100%" type="subheading"]7. Cod liver oil[/text_image]



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Extracted from the liver of codfish, commercial preparations come in syrupy orange flavor you’re your dose of omega-3 fatty acids goodness. Otherwise, it's also available in pill form these days.

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Two words: fermented cabbage.

Fermentation was a method of preserving foods before the advent of refrigeration. The beneficial "side effect" of this process is high amounts of vitamins B and C.

Kimchee has also been found to reduce the risk of certain types of cancers.

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It's grass! Enough said. But it's considered a "superfood" because it contains all of the amino acids the body needs, including essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals.

Bonus for lazy people: One shot of wheatgrass juice is equivalent to eating 2.5 pounds of green vegetables.

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Apparently, bird's nests aren't just made out of dried grass and twigs. This delicacy is made from nests that have been created with the birds' saliva.

Drink up for high levels of calcium, iron, potassium and magnesium.

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Unlike yogurt, which is also fermented milk, kefir smells of old socks. Of course, it's worth mentioning that commercially processed yogurt has additives to make it more palatable to the general public. Grab a mug of kefir for your dose of protein and vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and D.

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Okay, there aren't a lot (if at all) restaurants in Manila that serve insects. But if you could get your hands on some, insects are great sources of protein.

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If you've ever come 8 feet close to a durian, there's no need to explain to you why it's gross. However, durian is an excellent source of potassium and vitamin C.

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