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Friday, April 6, 2012

Can You Eat Your Way to Better Health? - Part 2

This is a continuation of the identification of foods that can enhance our health. Let's go:

Green Tea: Green tea is a rich source of antioxidants and has been shown to help with mental alertness. It may also help regulate cholesterol levels, boost weight loss goals, and prevent sun damage on the skin. There has been research that has given initial evidence that regularly drinking green tea may prevent or slow the growth of certain cancers.

Spinach: Popeye had it right! This leafy green vegetable is loaded with vitamins and minerals. Actually, a cup of spinach contains as much bone-building calcium as a cup of milk. Spinach is also a good souce of magnesium, a mineral that helps our muscular and cardiovascular systems. It contains vitamin A and vitamin E, both of which support the health of our cells.
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Tomatoes: Tomatoes are healthy for us and actually become healthier when they are cooked, since cooking releases key nutrients. Canned tomatoes, tomato paste, and even ketchup are great sources of lycopene, an antioxidant that has been shown to reduce th
e risk of prostate cancer and cardiovascular disease. Tomatoes also provide potassium, some iron, and vitamins A, C, and E.

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Dark Chocolate: This sweet treat has antioxidants called flavonoids which support the heart and blood vessels. The darker the chocolate, the higher the level of healthy antioxidants. But don't eat too much since you might get more padding than flavonoids!

Oatmeal: Oatmeal is one of the best sources of soluble fiber, which can lower your "bad" cholesterol and control blood sugar. This reduces the risk of developing heart disease or diabetes. Eating a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast can help with weight control since fiber makes you feel full longer.

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Let's all eat heathier for a longer life!

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