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12 Foods You Need to Stop Buying—and 17 You Should Eat More

12 Foods You Need to Stop Buying—and 17 You Should Eat More

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Canned veggies are often stripped of fiber and other nutrients, and are often loaded with sodium. If canned veggies are your go-to, you’ll experience decreased nutritional quality or, worse, unknowingly consume them with sugar, additives, sodium, or flavorings that detract from good nutrition and make it harmful. If you need the convenience of canned vegetables, opt for frozen instead. They're just as healthy as fresh because they’re flash-frozen at the site of harvest. “They have no added sodium and are less wasteful, since you can cook only what you need and keep the rest in the freezer,” explains Rachel Brandeis, RDN. Plus, now frozen vegetables come in microwavable bags, which makes them very conv...
14 Best Foods for a Flat Belly

14 Best Foods for a Flat Belly

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When you're trying to slim down your stomach, core exercises and ab workouts go a long way—but what you eat also plays a huge role. In addition to drinking enough water, eating fresh produce and healthy fats, and avoiding notorious belly-busters (think alcohol, soda, and sugar), certain foods are particularly good for shrinking your gut. “If you want your abs to feel flatter, choose foods that will help decrease bloating in your stomach, such as water-packed fruits and veggies,” says Keri Gans, RD, a New York City-based nutrition consultant and author of The Small Change Diet. These 14 foods will help keep your waistline slim by reducing bloat, boosting me...
30 Healthy Foods That Could Wreck Your Diet

30 Healthy Foods That Could Wreck Your Diet

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Can you really get too much of a good thing? When it comes to fruit, maybe. All fruits are full of vitamins, water, fiber, and antioxidants, but some naturally contain more sugar (and therefore calories) than others. Figs, mangoes, grapes, bananas, and cherries are among the sugariest fruits.Tip: Chances are, fruit is NOT making you fat (read why here). Still, you can't eat unlimited quantities and then be surprised when the scale ticks upward. Most women should stick to two servings of fresh fruit a day. Let's block ads! (Why?) Food - Health.com
13 Healthy High-Fat Foods You Should Eat More

13 Healthy High-Fat Foods You Should Eat More

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Fat comes in many forms, including: Unsaturated: Liquid at room temperature and generally considered heart healthy. Found in plants like nuts, seeds, vegetable oils, and seafood. Saturated: Solid at room temperature and found in animal foods, like meat and butter, as well as coconut and palm oil. Often deemed unhealthy for your heart, but research is equivocal. "Some sources are actually good for us," says Brianna Elliott, RD, a nutritionist based in St. Paul, Minn. Trans: Liquid fats made solid through a process called hydrogenation. Found in fried foods, baked goods, and processed snack foods. These heart-health wreckers were banned from the food supply ...
Back in Black: Your Favorite Foods, Only Healthier

Back in Black: Your Favorite Foods, Only Healthier

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When it comes to plant-based foods, deep, vibrant colors are one of the best indicators of what's healthiest. The pigments that give plants their color also provide the antioxidants that protect against heart disease, inflammation, and certain cancers. A simple swap can provide a big nutritional payoff, like choosing pink grapefruit over white, or dark greens over pale lettuce. So it may come as little surprise that black foods can pack a potent health benefit too. That's exactly the case with the midnight-hued rice, beans, tea, and berries I can't seem to get enough of lately. Here's why:Black riceThis grain—along with the red and purple varieties—is becoming increasingly popular in the United States, and has long been consumed throughout Asia. Black ric...