Should I Be Eating...?

Choose 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.

  • Figs
    Figs can be found fresh or dried. Both types are good sources of soluble fiber, which helps to lower cholesterol and promote regularity. If you have type 2 diabetes or are trying to lose weight, it is best to limit your intake of dried figs and other dried fruit because of the higher sugar and calorie concentration compared with that found in fresh fruit. Dried figs may also contain added sulfites, a possible migraine trigger, and they may be dusted with wheat flour to prevent stickiness, so che...
  • Flaxseed, Ground
    Flaxseeds are dark amber-brown seeds that are a terrific source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and soluble fiber, nutrients that can improve cardiovascular health and mood, manage type 2 diabetes, prevent and manage arthritis, and maintain healthy eyes and skin. Omega-3s may even reduce the frequency and severity of migraines. Flaxseeds also contain magnesium, which may help to improve PMS symptoms. To get the most nutrients from flaxseeds, grind them before use. Ground flaxseeds should be...
  • Flounder
    Flounder (also called fluke) is a mild-flavored, white-fleshed fish and is a terrific, low-calorie source of lean protein, making it a great food to enjoy for weight loss or if you are at risk of cardiovascular disease or type 2 diabetes. Protein found in flounder can also help moderate your mood by slowing the absorption of carbohydrates and keeping blood-sugar levels stable. To maintain the health benefits of flounder, bake, grill, or roast the fish rather than frying it. (Note: Pacific flound...
  • Flour, All-Purpose
    All-purpose flour (also called enriched wheat flour) is the most commonly used flour in recipes and packaged foods like cookies, crackers, breads, and tortillas, but it's not the best for you. All-purpose flour is refined from whole-wheat flour, and during the process most of the fiber and nutrients are removed. By switching to breads and other products made with whole-wheat flour, you'll increase the fiber and nutrition in your diet. If you're not ready to go 100 percent whole wheat in your coo...
  • Flour, Soy
    Soy flour is a high-protein flour made from roasted soybeans and is a gluten-free alternative to wheat flour if you have celiac disease. Like other soy products, soy flour contains 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 with your physician about incorporating soy foods into your diet, although many health or...
  • Flour, Whole-Wheat
    Whole-wheat flour contains the nutrient-rich outer bran and inner germ of grains that are stripped away when wheat is milled to make refined white flour (also called enriched wheat flour and all-purpose flour). With the bran and germ retained, whole-wheat flour is rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and other phytonutrients. Look for whole-wheat flours in bread products, and use whole-wheat flour when baking at home. You can swap out half the amount of white flour for whole-wheat flour to boost t...
  • Frozen Yogurt
    Frozen yogurt is a perfectly delicious occasional treat, but enjoy it in moderation to keep weight in check. Frozen yogurt typically has less saturated fat than regular ice cream, so it's a more heart-healthy treat. Frozen yogurt, as well as light ice cream, provides calcium, a mineral involved in keeping bones strong, reducing blood pressure, and preventing PMS symptoms. Frozen yogurt is a potential trigger for migraines, and some people with IBS are sensitive to dairy and may experience discom...