Should I Be Eating… ?

food-index-165Choose from hundreds of foods, from almonds to zucchini, and find out their effects on your health.

Find out the hidden health benefits in your favorite foods. Browse the index from A to Z and discover the powerful nutrients, vitamins, and minerals each food contains — plus the medical conditions and concerns these foods can help treat.

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  • Acorn Squash
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  • All-Purpose Flour
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  • Allspice
    While it doesn't have the exact same flavor as garlic, garlic powder comes from dehydrated garlic cloves and lasts longer than fresh garlic. It also goes a long way in cooking — 1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder is equivalent to one clove of fresh garlic. Like other spices, garlic powder is a good substitute for salt when adding flavor to food. Just make sure not to confuse it with garlic salt, which is high in sodium and can increase the risk of high blood pressure.
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  • Almonds
    Peanuts are a good source of monounsaturated fat, a healthy fat that can improve cardiovascular health and help to manage type 2 diabetes. They also provide vitamin E, which can help reduce risk of cataracts and macular degeneration and maintain healthy skin, as well as magnesium, which may help lower blood pressure and improve PMS symptoms. Like other nuts, peanuts should be eaten in moderation since they're calorie-dense (stick with just one handful of nuts per day). Nuts may also trigger migraines and IBS in people who are sensitive.
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  • Amaranth
    Whole-grain crackers are a good source of high-quality carbohydrates. Unlike typical crackers made with white refined flours, whole-grain crackers naturally provide a good dose of fiber. A high-fiber diet is beneficial for weight loss and reduces the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Most whole-grain crackers on the market contain whole-wheat flour and therefore are not gluten-free, so if you have celiac disease be sure to read labels and look for gluten-free varieties. IBS sufferers take note: Some people with IBS are sensitive to whole grains and other high-fiber foods and experience discomfort after eating...
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  • Anchovies
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  • Apples
    Grapefruit is a citrus fruit with a high water content and a good amount of fiber, making it a great choice for people who are trying to lose weight or prevent or manage heart disease or type 2 diabetes. All grapefruits are a good source of vitamin C, and red and pink grapefruits also offer up a high dose of beta-carotene. Vitamin C and beta-carotene are antioxidants found in many fruits that help prevent arthritis, cataracts, and macular degeneration as well as help maintain healthy hair and skin. Because grapefruit and other citrus fruits are possible triggers for IBS and migraine headaches avoid them if they are pr...
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  • Applesauce
    Grapefruit is a citrus fruit with a high water content and a good amount of fiber, making it a great choice for people who are trying to lose weight or prevent or manage heart disease or type 2 diabetes. All grapefruits are a good source of vitamin C, and red and pink grapefruits also offer up a high dose of beta-carotene. Vitamin C and beta-carotene are antioxidants found in many fruits that help prevent arthritis, cataracts, and macular degeneration as well as help maintain healthy hair and skin. Because grapefruit and other citrus fruits are possible triggers for IBS and migraine headaches avoid them if they are pr...
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  • Apricots
    Grapefruit is a citrus fruit with a high water content and a good amount of fiber, making it a great choice for people who are trying to lose weight or prevent or manage heart disease or type 2 diabetes. All grapefruits are a good source of vitamin C, and red and pink grapefruits also offer up a high dose of beta-carotene. Vitamin C and beta-carotene are antioxidants found in many fruits that help prevent arthritis, cataracts, and macular degeneration as well as help maintain healthy hair and skin. Because grapefruit and other citrus fruits are possible triggers for IBS and migraine headaches avoid them if they are pr...
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  • Artichoke Hearts
    Eggplant is a vegetable with a firm and meaty texture. Like other nonstarchy vegetables, eggplant is low in calories and has a high water and fiber content, making it a great choice for people who are trying to lose weight or prevent or manage heart disease or type 2 diabetes. There are different types of eggplants, but most have a deep purple-black color that comes from anthocyanins, antioxidants with anti-inflammatory properties that may help prevent arthritis and memory loss. When getting prepared eggplant, make sure to ask how it is prepared, as eggplant is often served breaded and fried, making it higher in calor...
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  • Artichokes
    Eggplant is a vegetable with a firm and meaty texture. Like other nonstarchy vegetables, eggplant is low in calories and has a high water and fiber content, making it a great choice for people who are trying to lose weight or prevent or manage heart disease or type 2 diabetes. There are different types of eggplants, but most have a deep purple-black color that comes from anthocyanins, antioxidants with anti-inflammatory properties that may help prevent arthritis and memory loss. When getting prepared eggplant, make sure to ask how it is prepared, as eggplant is often served breaded and fried, making it higher in calor...
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  • Artificial Sweeteners
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  • Arugula
    Swiss chard is a leafy green vegetable that tastes somewhat similar to spinach and can be prepared the same way. It is a good source of antioxidants, including vitamin E, beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, which help prevent arthritis and maintain healthy eyes, hair, and skin. Swiss chard also contains magnesium and potassium, minerals involved in managing blood pressure and preventing osteoporosis. In addition, magnesium is also helpful for individuals who experience migraines or PMS. Vitamin K in Swiss chard may prevent bone fractures.
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  • Asparagus
    Eggplant is a vegetable with a firm and meaty texture. Like other nonstarchy vegetables, eggplant is low in calories and has a high water and fiber content, making it a great choice for people who are trying to lose weight or prevent or manage heart disease or type 2 diabetes. There are different types of eggplants, but most have a deep purple-black color that comes from anthocyanins, antioxidants with anti-inflammatory properties that may help prevent arthritis and memory loss. When getting prepared eggplant, make sure to ask how it is prepared, as eggplant is often served breaded and fried, making it higher in calor...
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  • Avacados
    Read more about monounsaturated fats