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.

  • Veggie Burgers
    Whether or not you're a vegetarian, veggie burgers are a healthy alternative to meat-based burgers. Veggie burgers vary considerably in their nutritional content based on their ingredients; some have more vegetables and grains making them lower in protein, whereas others have beans or a soy base and are higher in protein. I recommend choosing veggie burgers with at least ten grams of protein to make them a substantial entrée. Most veggie burgers are also a good source of fiber, which aids in wei...
  • Vermouth
    Vermouth is a fortified wine that is an ingredient in many cocktails, including martinis, and sometimes used for cooking. Vermouth-containing cocktails can pack on the pounds, increase already high triglycerides, and interfere with sleep. It is best to limit 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 a...
  • Vinegar
    Vinegar is low-calorie and when combined with heart-healthy oils (like olive oil) to create a vinaigrette, it makes a good substitute for creamy, calorie-laden salad dressings, which means it's good for those trying to lose weight. You may need to avoid or limit vinegars — and condiments made with them — if you suffer from migraines, as they contain tyramine and phenylethylamine, common migraine triggers. Learn more about condiments, sauces, and flavorings.
  • Vinegar, Apple Cider
    Vinegar is low-calorie and when combined with heart-healthy oils (like olive oil) to create a vinaigrette, it makes a good substitute for creamy, calorie-laden salad dressings, which means it's good for those trying to lose weight. If you suffer from migraines, you may need to avoid apple-cider vinegar since it can be a trigger food for some individuals. Learn more about condiments, sauces, and flavorings.
  • Vinegar, Balsamic
    Vinegar is low-calorie and when combined with heart-healthy oils (like olive oil) to create a vinaigrette, it makes a good substitute for creamy, calorie-laden salad dressings, which means it's good for those trying to lose weight. If you suffer from migraines, you may need to avoid balsamic vinegar since it can be a trigger food for some individuals. Learn more about condiments, sauces, and flavorings.
  • Vinegar, Distilled White
    Distilled white vinegar is very acidic and is used for medicinal purposes, cleaning, and sometimes cooking. The most common use in cooking is pickling, which is a way to flavor and preserve food. If you suffer from migraines, you may need to avoid pickled foods since they can be a trigger food for some individuals — but distilled white vinegar on its own is perfectly fine. Learn more about condiments, sauces, and flavorings.
  • Vinegar, Red Wine
    Vinegar is low-calorie and when combined with heart-healthy oils (like olive oil) to create a vinaigrette, it makes a good substitute for creamy, calorie-laden salad dressings, which means it's good for those trying to lose weight. If you suffer from migraines, you may need to avoid red-wine vinegar since it can be a trigger food for some individuals. Learn more about condiments, sauces, and flavorings.
  • Vodka
    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 r...