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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  • Edamame
    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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  • Eggplant
    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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  • Eggs
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  • Endive
    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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  • Escarole
    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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  • Espresso
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  • Extracts
    Extracts, such as vanilla, almond, maple, and mint, are great choices for adding calorie-free flavor to foods. Using these flavorings to add sweetness while cutting back on the amount of added sugar can help you lose weight and, ultimately, help prevent type 2 diabetes. Try them mixed in oatmeal, plain nonfat yogurt, low-calorie smoothies, or any other dish you want to add flavor to without the calorie cost.
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