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 β€” plus the medical conditions and concerns these foods can help treat.

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  • Lean Ground Turkey
    Lean ground turkey is an excellent source of lean protein, making it a stellar choice for weight loss and weight management, as well as prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. When shopping for ground turkey, be sure to select packages that are at least 90 percent lean. Ground turkey also contains iron and zinc, minerals that prevent macular degeneration and keep hair healthy; selenium, an antioxidant involved in preventing and managing arthritis and maintaining healthy skin; and niacin, a B vitamin that may help prevent cataracts.
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  • Lemons
    Lemons are a common citrus fruit that are very high in vitamin C, an antioxidant found in many fruits that helps prevent and manage arthritis, cataracts, macular degeneration, and maintain healthy hair and skin. Lemons are a flavorful, low-calorie way to dress salads and jazz up chicken and fish β€” even a glass of plain or sparkling water. Because lemons and other citrus fruits are possible triggers for IBS and migraine headaches, avoid them if they are problematic for you.
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  • Lentils
    Lentils 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, high-quality carbohydrates, soluble fiber, folate, iron, potassium, and zinc, lentils are also great for preventing osteoporosis and macular degeneration; improving mood, memory, and PMS symptoms; and maintaining healthy skin and hair. If you suffer from migraines or I...
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  • Lettuce
    There are various types of lettuce, but all of them are leafy green vegetables and are low in calories, making them a terrific addition to any weight-loss plan. Some types of lettuce, such as romaine, green leaf, red leaf, bibb, and butterhead, are good sources of antioxidants, including beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, and quercetin, which help prevent arthritis, cataracts, and macular degeneration, as well as maintain healthy hair and skin. Lettuce is also a good source of potassium, a mineral involved in managing blood pressure and preventing osteoporosis. In addition, all lettuce varieties contain vitamin K, whi...
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  • Limes
    Limes contain vitamin C (although not nearly as much as lemons). Vitamin C is an antioxidant found in many fruits that helps prevent and manage arthritis, cataracts, macular degeneration, and maintain healthy hair and skin. Limes are a flavorful, low-calorie way to dress salads and jazz up chicken and fish β€” even a glass of plain or sparkling water. Because limes and other citrus fruits are possible triggers for IBS and migraine headaches, avoid them if they are problematic for you.
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  • Low-Fat Ice Cream
    Low-fat ice cream is a perfectly delicious occasional treat, but enjoy it in moderation to keep weight in check. Low-fat ice cream has less saturated fat than regular ice cream, so it’s a more heart-healthy treat. It also provides calcium, a mineral involved in keeping bones healthy, reducing blood pressure, and preventing PMS symptoms. On the other hand, if you get migraines avoid chocolate ice cream if chocolate is one of your personal triggers. IBS sufferers take note: Some people with IBS are sensitive to dairy and experience discomfort after eating it.
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  • Low-Fat Milk (1 percent fat)
    Low-fat milk (as well as skim milk) is an excellent source of protein, calcium, vitamin D, and potassium, nutrients that play an important role in hypertension, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and tooth decay, and PMS symptoms. It is also a good source of riboflavin, a B vitamin helpful for cataract prevention, and zinc, a mineral involved in maintaining healthy skin and preventing and treating macular degeneration. IBS sufferers take note: Some people with IBS are sensitive to dairy and experience discomfort after consuming it.
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  • Low-Fat Yogurt
    Low-fat yogurt (and nonfat yogurt) is an excellent source of protein and calcium, nutrients that play an important role in weight loss and help reduce the risk of hypertension, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and tooth decay, and PMS symptoms. It is also a good source of riboflavin, a B vitamin helpful for cataract prevention, and zinc, a mineral involved in preventing and treating macular degeneration. Yogurt is a potential trigger for migraines, and some people with IBS are sensitive to dairy and may experience discomfort after eating it.
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  • Lychees
    Lychees are a small tropical fruit with an inedible shell and small, sweet, translucent white flesh. They are an excellent source of vitamin C, an antioxidant found in many fruits that helps prevent and manage arthritis, cataracts, and macular degeneration, and maintain healthy skin.
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