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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  • Bananas
    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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  • Barley
    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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  • Basil
    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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  • Bay Leaves
    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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  • Bean Curd
    Soy nuts are not a true nut; they’re made from whole soybeans that have been soaked in water, drained, and baked or roasted to produce a delicious, crunchy snack food. Soy nuts are a very good source of protein, which helps keep blood-sugar levels stable and may improve mood. Soy nuts also contain manganese, which may help reduce PMS symptoms. Like other soy products, soy nuts contain isoflavones, phytoestrogens that some research suggests may help increase bone density and thereby reduce risk of osteoporosis, especially in postmenopausal women. If you have a history of breast cancer, it’s always wise to speak wit...
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  • Beans
    Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, contain many heart-healthy nutrients that help lower your cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure; reduce your risk of coronary-artery disease and type 2 diabetes; and help you lose weight. Packed with lean protein, soluble fiber, folate, iron, magnesium, and potassium, chickpeas are also great for preventing osteoporosis; fighting migraines; improving mood, memory, and PMS symptoms; and maintaining healthy hair. IBS sufferers take note: Some peopl...
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  • Beans, Black
    Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, contain many heart-healthy nutrients that help lower your cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure; reduce your risk of coronary-artery disease and type 2 diabetes; and help you lose weight. Packed with lean protein, soluble fiber, folate, iron, magnesium, and potassium, chickpeas are also great for preventing osteoporosis; fighting migraines; improving mood, memory, and PMS symptoms; and maintaining healthy hair. IBS sufferers take note: Some peopl...
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  • Beans, Garbanzo
    Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, contain many heart-healthy nutrients that help lower your cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure; reduce your risk of coronary-artery disease and type 2 diabetes; and help you lose weight. Packed with lean protein, soluble fiber, folate, iron, magnesium, and potassium, chickpeas are also great for preventing osteoporosis; fighting migraines; improving mood, memory, and PMS symptoms; and maintaining healthy hair. IBS sufferers take note: Some peopl...
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  • Beans, Kidney
    Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, contain many heart-healthy nutrients that help lower your cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure; reduce your risk of coronary-artery disease and type 2 diabetes; and help you lose weight. Packed with lean protein, soluble fiber, folate, iron, magnesium, and potassium, chickpeas are also great for preventing osteoporosis; fighting migraines; improving mood, memory, and PMS symptoms; and maintaining healthy hair. IBS sufferers take note: Some peopl...
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  • Beans, Lima
    Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, contain many heart-healthy nutrients that help lower your cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure; reduce your risk of coronary-artery disease and type 2 diabetes; and help you lose weight. Packed with lean protein, soluble fiber, folate, iron, magnesium, and potassium, chickpeas are also great for preventing osteoporosis; fighting migraines; improving mood, memory, and PMS symptoms; and maintaining healthy hair. IBS sufferers take note: Some peopl...
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  • Beans, Navy
    Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, contain many heart-healthy nutrients that help lower your cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure; reduce your risk of coronary-artery disease and type 2 diabetes; and help you lose weight. Packed with lean protein, soluble fiber, folate, iron, magnesium, and potassium, chickpeas are also great for preventing osteoporosis; fighting migraines; improving mood, memory, and PMS symptoms; and maintaining healthy hair. IBS sufferers take note: Some peopl...
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  • Beans, Pinto
    Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, contain many heart-healthy nutrients that help lower your cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure; reduce your risk of coronary-artery disease and type 2 diabetes; and help you lose weight. Packed with lean protein, soluble fiber, folate, iron, magnesium, and potassium, chickpeas are also great for preventing osteoporosis; fighting migraines; improving mood, memory, and PMS symptoms; and maintaining healthy hair. IBS sufferers take note: Some peopl...
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  • Beans, White
    Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, contain many heart-healthy nutrients that help lower your cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure; reduce your risk of coronary-artery disease and type 2 diabetes; and help you lose weight. Packed with lean protein, soluble fiber, folate, iron, magnesium, and potassium, chickpeas are also great for preventing osteoporosis; fighting migraines; improving mood, memory, and PMS symptoms; and maintaining healthy hair. IBS sufferers take note: Some peopl...
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  • Beef Broth
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  • Beef, Lean
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  • Beer
    Vodka is a very common alcoholic drink that is often combined with high-calorie, sugary mixers like soda and fruit juice. Drinking straight vodka or mixed vodka drinks can pack on the pounds, increase already high triglycerides, and interfere with sleep. It is best to limit vodka and other alcoholic beverages, especially if you are trying to lose weight, have type 2 diabetes or gout, or experience irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). That said, drinking moderate amounts of alcohol has been shown to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke and boost HDL (good) cholesterol. If you don't already drink, don't start, and if y...
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  • Beets
    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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  • Bell Peppers
    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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  • Black Cod
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  • Black Pepper
    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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  • Black and Green Tea
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  • Black-Eyed Peas
    Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, contain many heart-healthy nutrients that help lower your cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure; reduce your risk of coronary-artery disease and type 2 diabetes; and help you lose weight. Packed with lean protein, soluble fiber, folate, iron, magnesium, and potassium, chickpeas are also great for preventing osteoporosis; fighting migraines; improving mood, memory, and PMS symptoms; and maintaining healthy hair. IBS sufferers take note: Some peopl...
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  • Blackberries
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  • Blue Cheese
    Romano cheese is a hard cheese with a sharp, salty flavor, similar to Parmesan cheese. Because of its intense flavor, a little bit of Romano can go a long way, making it easier to eat in moderation. If you get migraine headaches, it’s important to know that aged cheeses like Romano are a common trigger. (Note: Since most cheeses are high in sodium, people with high blood pressure should eat only moderate amounts and factor the sodium content into their daily totals.) IBS sufferers take note: Some people with IBS are sensitive to dairy and experience discomfort after eating it.
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  • Blueberries
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  • Bok Choy
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  • Boysenberries
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  • Bran
    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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  • Brandy
    Vodka is a very common alcoholic drink that is often combined with high-calorie, sugary mixers like soda and fruit juice. Drinking straight vodka or mixed vodka drinks can pack on the pounds, increase already high triglycerides, and interfere with sleep. It is best to limit vodka and other alcoholic beverages, especially if you are trying to lose weight, have type 2 diabetes or gout, or experience irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). That said, drinking moderate amounts of alcohol has been shown to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke and boost HDL (good) cholesterol. If you don't already drink, don't start, and if y...
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  • Brazil Nuts
    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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  • Bread Crumbs, Whole Wheat
    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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  • Bread, Whole Wheat
    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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  • Broccoli
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  • Broccoli Rabe
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  • Brown Rice
    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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  • Brown Sugar
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  • Brussels Sprouts
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  • Buckwheat
    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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  • Buttermilk
    Sour cream is traditionally used as a condiment on certain foods like baked potatoes or served with Mexican food. Whole-milk sour cream is high in calories and saturated fat, which, when eaten in excess, can increase your heart-disease risk and lead to weight gain. Choose fat-free or reduced-fat sour cream to trim calories and fat. Sour cream also contains tyramine, a common migraine trigger, and some people with IBS are sensitive to dairy and may experience discomfort after eating it.
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  • Butternut Squash
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  • Butternuts
    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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