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The Best Foods for Your Health
APPLES: Apples are a first-rate source of fiber. They
help lower blood pressure, help the body absorb iron from other
foods, and might help prevent colds. They can also help prevent
night blindness and aid in bowel elimination.
APRICOTS: They speed the healing of wounds and are good for
anemia. Good when eaten raw and can be prepared in many interesting
ARTICHOKES: Artichokes contain Vitamins A and C which are
good for fighting infection. They are also high in calcium and
ASPARAGUS: Asparagus has 35 calories per cup. Asparagus tips
are high in Vitamin A and is a good blood builder.
BARLEY: Barley is a rich source of fiber and possibly
inhibits the enzyme that controls cholesterol production. It is
also a good source of protein and B vitamins.
BEETS: Beets have 58 calories per cup and are loaded with
iron and potassium. Beets are valued for their laxative properties.
BEANS: Beans help slow down the onset of adult diabetes,
lower cholesterol levels and help constipation problems. They are
high in protein and are beneficial to the muscular system.
BLUEBERRIES: Blueberries are excellent weapons in the fight
against yeast and urinary tract infections.
BROCCOLI: Broccoli is loaded with Vitamins A and C which
helps ward off colds. Additionally, it can help prevent breast,
gastric, and esophageal cancer, boost immunity, help prevent blood
clots, and help wounds to heal faster. Broccoli is heart-healthy
and has 40 calories per cup.
BROWN RICE: Brown rice contains Vitamin E and good
quality protein. It also contains phosphorus and potassium. An
excellent source of fiber, contains little fat or sodium and is
easy to digest.
BRUSSELS SPROUTS: Brussels sprouts have only 56
calories per cup making it only slightly more than broccoli. They
help prevent several different kinds of cancer, including breast,
esophageal and gastric. Lemon juice can help remove a portion of
the bitter flavor some people find offensive.
CABBAGE: Cabbage has only 17 calories per cup and it is
loaded with Vitamin C. Good for the heart and fights stomach and
CANTALOUPE: Cantaloupes are loaded with Vitamin C. The fiber
in cantaloupe helps lower the risk of colon cancer.
CARROTS: Carrots are particularly noted as a high source of
beta carotene, which converts to Vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A
reduces the risk of several different kinds of cancer, including
lung, esophageal, bladder and cancer of the larynx. At 48 calories
a cup, carrots are an excellent, raw snack, full of fiber.
COLLARD GREENS: Collards are an excellent source of
calcium, beta-carotene and dietary fiber. They will keep your heart
healthy and are natural stomach and colon cancer fighters.
CORN: One ear of corn contains about 140 calories. It is
high in magnesium and rich in carbohydrates. Good for the brain,
the bowel and the nervous system.
DATES: Dates give energy for physical exercise, and they are
a good source of copper. They also help heal stomach ulcers.
EGGS: Although high in cholesterol, eggs are considered by
many to be excellent for the brain and nervous system. They help
wounds to heal with less pain, plus they are an excellent source of
FISH: fish is thought to lower the risk of heart and artery
disease, as well as the risk of breast cancer. Fish oil has been
shown to lessen the possibility of blood clots.
FLAXSEED: Flaxseed is helpful to those who have arthritis,
asthma, migraines and some skin cancers. Helps prevent colon and
GARLIC: Garlic helps lower cholesterol levels and helps
block the development of colon, esophageal, stomach and skin
cancers. It also has beneficial effects on coagulation, which might
help reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke. It may also help to
lower blood pressure.
GINGER: Ginger has long been known to prevent stomach
ulcers, to aid in preventing nausea such as motion and morning
sickness, and may bring relief to arthritis sufferers.
GRAPEFRUIT: Grapefruit is packed with Vitamin C and is
heart-healthy. The juice is thought to double the effect of some
blood pressure drugs. In addition, grapefruit helps prevent
cancer-causing agents from forming in the body.
KALE OR MUSTARD GREENS: These unique
green vegetables are packed with Vitamins A and C. They help
constipation problems, and help keep your heart healthy. May also
help prevent blood clots, and help wounds to heal.
LENTILS: Lentils are a super source of fiber. Lentils lower
cholesterol levels, help constipation problems, and help slow the
onset of adult diabetes.
LEMON JUICE: Lemon juice is high in calcium and a
primary source of Vitamin C, which might help prevent colds. Lemons
(and tangerines) are also a good source of fiber, helping to lower
the risk of colon cancer.
MOLASSES: Molasses is a good source of iron. In fact, it is
the only sweetener that provides at least as many nutrients as
MUSHROOMS: Although mushrooms only have 20 calories per cup,
we need to be aware of the fact that they quickly absorb any oil
that may be used in cooking. Mushrooms are a terrific source of
Vitamin B. They increase the oxygen efficiency of the body,
counteracting the effects of pollutants on the body and increasing
the body's resistance to disease.
ONIONS: Onions are low in fat and help to prevent or fight
cancer. They contain substances that might prohibit blood clots,
which are often a major factor in heart disease and strokes.
ORANGES AND ORANGE JUICE: Oranges have
lots of Vitamin C which might help prevent colds. In addition,
orange juice provides calcium to fight osteoporosis. The fiber
content helps lower the risk of colon cancer, while preventing
other cancer-causing agents from forming in the body.
PARSLEY: Parsley is a rich source of Vitamins A and C and
has a lot of potassium and iron. It is also a natural breath
PEACHES: Peaches contain Vitamins A and E and help certain
wounds and incisions to heal. A good food to eat either raw or
PEPPERS: Peppers are high in Vitamin C and help protect your
heart. The ingredient capsicum which comes from peppers is
currently being studied and is believed to have many health
POTATOES: Potatoes are an excellent source of carbohydrate
and fiber. They help relieve stomach gas and help to lower blood
pressure. They are also low in calories, sodium and fat while being
high in protein, Vitamin C, thiamin, riboflavin and niacin, among
POULTRY: Poultry is a great low-fat source of protein and is
considered to be the meat of choice by many who are on low-fat
RASPBERRIES: These fruits are considered to be an excellent
source of potassium. Also contains iron and Vitamin C.
RUTABAGA: Rutabagas are an excellent source of potassium,
Vitamin A and niacin as well as calcium.
SKIM MILK: Skim milk provides protein and calcium
without the unnecessary fat. Calcium builds strong bones and teeth
and helps in the fight against osteoporosis.
SOYBEANS: The protein from soybeans lowers blood-cholesterol
levels in people whose genes appear to predispose them to high
cholesterol and premature heart disease. In addition, the protein
from soybeans may also help to prevent the formation of gallstones,
as well as slowing down the onset of adult diabetes. Soy flour is
also said to reduce the risk of cancer.
SPINACH: At 28 calories per cup, spinach adds almost nothing
to your waistline. However, it is known to be chock full of vitamin
A, Vitamin C and iron.
WHEAT GERM: Wheat germ is another additive that is
said to keep cells functioning normally. It can be used in a number
of ways to enhance the flavor and taste of many other foods and
drinks. May be sprinkled on and toasted for a nutty flavor.
WHOLE-WHEAT FLOUR: Whole-wheat flour is
recommended as a good source of carbohydrates, fiber, iron and
WHOLE-WHEAT SPAGHETTI: This unique spaghetti
is now readily available and is loaded with fiber! Also a good
source of carbohydrates as well as minerals and iron.
YOGURT: Yogurt is highly recommended as a fighter of yeast
infections and it is an excellent source of calcium.