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Plant Power

The science is stronger than ever: A plant-based whole-foods diet is your ticket to good health.

By Matthew Kadey

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The Healthiest Foods You Should Be Eating
Blueberries

    What You Knew: This antioxidant-rich berry protects against cancer.
    What You Didn't: New studies show compounds called anthocyanins in blueberries are good for your brain and can improve memory and cognitive function.

Almonds

    What You Knew: They're full of healthy monounsaturated fats that help stave off heart disease.
    What You Didn't: They're rich in vitamin E, which supports your immune system and may help prevent cancer when consumed in food.

Quinoa

    What You Knew: This protein-rich grain is high in magnesium, which can help lower your diabetes risk.
    What You Didn't: Quinoa is packed with antioxidants shown to reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease.

Chia Seeds

    What You Knew: They're rich in fiber and ALA, the omega-3 fatty acid found in plant foods.
    What You Didn't: Eating chia also helps your body make EPA, the heart-healthier omega-3 fat found in fish, according to a recent study.

Kale

    What You Knew: Packed with antioxidants and other phytochemicals, kale supports immunity and cancer prevention.
    What You Didn't: It's one of the best dietary sources of vitamins A and K, both important for bone health.


October 2012

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