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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  • Tangerines
    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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  • Tempeh
    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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  • Tequila
    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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  • Thyme
    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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  • Tilapia
    Tuna is a meaty fish (that’s why it’s often served as tuna steak) that is an excellent source of high-quality protein. Despite its health benefits, most tuna species are high in mercury, and therefore tuna should be eaten only occasionally. When shopping for canned (or pouched) tuna, choose light tuna, which is lower in mercury than albacore/white tuna.
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  • Tomato Juice
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  • Tomato Paste
    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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  • Tomato Sauce
    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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  • Tomatoes
    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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  • Tortillas
    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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  • Tumeric
    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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  • Tuna
    Tuna is a meaty fish (that’s why it’s often served as tuna steak) that is an excellent source of high-quality protein. Despite its health benefits, most tuna species are high in mercury, and therefore tuna should be eaten only occasionally. When shopping for canned (or pouched) tuna, choose light tuna, which is lower in mercury than albacore/white tuna.
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  • Turkey Bacon
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  • Turkey Breast
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  • Turkey Burgers, Lean
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  • Turnip Greens
    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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  • Turnips
    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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