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Know Your ABCs For Healthy Eating

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Eating healthy can be as easy as ABC! Here is a list describing one wholesome food for each letter of the alphabet to keep you healthy, in shape, and on top of your game.

Apples are a great source of fiber, vitamin C and potassium, as well as flavonoids — molecules that protect our brain cells from free radical damage that can lead to Alzheimer’s disease.

Berries are chock full of antioxidants that can help fight chronic disease and cancer. Harvard.edu explains that, according to a recent study published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation, eating three or more servings of blueberries and strawberries each week may help reduce a woman’s risk of heart attack.

Chicken is a great source of protein, and easy to cook. It has less saturated fat than most red meat, and is also low in calories, keeping you not only full, but also healthy.

Dates are high in fiber and they help lower cholesterol, fight heart disease, and prevent colorectal cancer. While they contain high amounts of natural sugars, they are actually low-glycemic index foods that do not significantly raise your blood sugar levels after eaten, protecting you from that dreaded sugar crash.

Eggs are considered the gold standard for protein quality, according to Huffington Post, as their amino acids are the most digestible to humans. Egg yolks are rich in the nutrient choline, which is often combined with B-complex vitamins. Choline is associated with better neurological function and reduced inflammation. Egg whites are a low-calorie, low-fat source of protein.

Flax seeds are rich in heart-healthy omega-3 essential fatty acids, cancer-fighting lignans and fiber. Sprinkle them on your salads, yogurt and smoothies to reap the health benefits.

Garlic can help reduce blood pressure, stimulate digestion, and relieve gastrointestinal inflammation. According to Dr. Andrew Weil, garlic is a powerful natural medicine. It can help treat infections, and contains compounds that appear to fight cancer.

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EmpowHER Guest

ABS's very clever.
Just make sure to avoid GMO's.
Always choose organic. Your body and the local farmers will thanks you.

July 15, 2015 - 9:52am
EmpowHER Guest

Great food list.
Chicken breast is best lean protein source and you can't go wrong with berries.
Garlic is great ingredient, you can take any bland boring dish, add some garlic and instantly become delicious. Garlic is also one of the best natural anti inflammatory foods in the world.
When you say Chicken, it might not sound very appealing but when you say garlic chicken, is make your mouth water.

June 27, 2015 - 2:12pm
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