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.

  • Jam
    Jam is a pureed fruit spread that is high in concentrated sugar, which people with type 2 diabetes should avoid, as it can cause a sharp rise in blood sugar. If you suffer from migraines choose jams made from nontrigger fruits (i.e., berry, cherry, and peach flavors). IBS sufferers take note: Some people with IBS are sensitive to sources of concentrated sugar and experience discomfort after eating them, so stick to low-sugar jams. If you have celiac disease, read labels and look for gluten-free...
  • Jelly
    Jelly is a clear fruit spread made from sweetened fruit juice. Jelly is high in concentrated sugar, which people with type 2 diabetes should avoid, as it can cause a sharp rise in blood sugar. If you suffer from migraines choose jellies made from nontrigger fruits (i.e., berry, cherry, and peach flavors). IBS sufferers take note: Some people with IBS are sensitive to sources of concentrated sugar and experience discomfort after eating them, so stick to low-sugar jelly. If you have celiac disease...
  • Juice
    Fruit juice is a highly concentrated source of fruit sugar, which can raise your blood sugar quickly, and is therefore to be avoided if you have type 2 diabetes. Because fruit juice is also calorie-dense and low in fiber, people trying to lose or manage their weight should dramatically limit their intake and choose fresh, filling whole fruit instead. Fruit drinks, which are not the same as 100 percent juice, are worse because they contain added sugars and significantly less nutrition. Because ve...
  • Juice, Cranberry
    Bottled cranberry juice is typically a blend of cranberry juice mixed with sweet fruit juices like grape, apple, or pear to balance out the tartness of pure, unsweetened cranberries. The cranberries in the juice provide antioxidants that may help prevent cataracts and macular degeneration, as well as urinary tract infections. If you have type 2 diabetes, it is best to avoid cranberry juice and other fruit juices because of the high sugar concentration. IBS sufferers take note: Some people with I...
  • Juice, Grapefruit
    Grapefruit juice is a good source of vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps prevent and manage arthritis, cataracts, macular degeneration, and maintains healthy hair and skin. If you have type 2 diabetes, though, it is best to avoid grapefruit juice and other fruit juices because of the high sugar concentration. Because grapefruit juice and other citrus juices are possible triggers for IBS and migraine headaches, avoid them if they are problematic for you. Note: Grapefruit and grapefruit juice ca...
  • Juice, Orange
    Orange juice is a good source of vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps prevent and manage arthritis, cataracts, macular degeneration, and maintains healthy hair and skin. If fortified with calcium, orange juice may also help to maintain strong bones, reduce blood pressure, and alleviate PMS symptoms. If you have type 2 diabetes, it is best to avoid orange juice and other fruit juices because of the high sugar concentration. Because orange juice and other citrus juices are possible triggers for IB...
  • Juice, Prune
    Prune juice is the juice of choice for alleviating constipation because it's rich in the sugar alcohol sorbitol, which has a natural laxative effect. Prune juice is also a good source of potassium, a mineral that may help reduce blood pressure and the risk of osteoporosis. If you have type 2 diabetes, though, it is best to avoid prune juice and other fruit juices because of the high sugar concentration. And if you suffer from diarrhea-predominant IBS, it's likely you'll need to avoid prune juice...
  • Juice, Tomato
    Tomato juice is a good source of potassium, a mineral that may help reduce blood pressure and the risk of osteoporosis. However, bottled tomato juice is typically very high in sodium, which can increase your blood pressure, so it's best to drink low-sodium or no-salt-added tomato juice. If you suffer from migraine headaches, be aware that tomato juice is a trigger for some people. Read more about fruit and vegetable juice.