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.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T V W Y Z
  • Waffles, Whole-Grain
    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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  • Walnut Oil
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  • Walnuts
    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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  • Watercress
    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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  • Watermelon
    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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  • Wheat Berries
    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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  • Wheat Germ
    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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  • Whiskey
    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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  • White Potatoes
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  • White Rice
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  • White Wine
    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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  • Whole Milk
    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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  • Wild 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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  • Winter Squash
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