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.

  • Yams
    Yams are a starchy vegetable, similar to sweet potatoes, but with a much lighter color flesh and a flavor that is typically not as sweet as sweet potatoes. (In the US, most products labeled as yams are actually sweet potatoes; true yams are difficult to find in US markets.) Yams are a good source of fiber (especially when eaten with the skin), which helps lower cholesterol, reduce risk of type 2 diabetes, stabilize mood, and keep you feeling full, thereby helping with weight loss. Yams are rich...
  • Yogurt
    Whole-milk yogurt is not the best choice for most people concerned with various health conditions, not to mention that it can impede weight-loss efforts due to its high calorie content. Whole-milk yogurt is high in saturated fat, which, when eaten in excess, increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. It can also contribute to inflammation, which may increase the risk of arthritis, cataracts and macular degeneration, and memory loss. For overall health, choose nonfat (or lo...
  • Yogurt, Fat-Free
    Fat-free yogurt is an excellent source of protein and calcium, nutrients that play an important role in weight loss and help reduce the risk of hypertension, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and tooth decay, and PMS symptoms. It is also a good source of riboflavin, a B vitamin helpful for cataract prevention, and zinc, a mineral involved in preventing and treating macular degeneration. Yogurt is a potential trigger for migraines, and some people with IBS are sensitive to dairy and may experience di...
  • Yogurt, Low-Fat
    Low-fat yogurt (and nonfat yogurt) is an excellent source of protein and calcium, nutrients that play an important role in weight loss and help reduce the risk of hypertension, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and tooth decay, and PMS symptoms. It is also a good source of riboflavin, a B vitamin helpful for cataract prevention, and zinc, a mineral involved in preventing and treating macular degeneration. Yogurt is a potential trigger for migraines, and some people with IBS are sensitive to dairy a...
  • Yogurt, Soy
    Soy yogurt is made from soy milk, yogurt bacteria, and typically some additional sweeteners. Soy yogurt is a good substitute for cow's yogurt if you are lactose intolerant, allergic to cow's milk, eat a vegetarian or vegan diet, or find that dairy is a trigger for IBS. Most brands are fortified to contain the same amount of calcium as yogurt made from cow's milk. If you have a history of breast cancer, it's always wise to speak with your physician about incorporating soy foods into your diet, al...