Brussels Sprouts

1 Cup Cooked=38 Calories Like many other green vegetables, Brussels sprouts are thought to contain nutrients that help fight cancer. They are also low-fat, saturated fat-free, very low in sodium, a good source of fiber, and high in vitamins and folate. VITAMINS C AND K: Excellent source. A helping of five sprouts provides more than…

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Carrots

1 Large Carrot- 30 Calories Health Benefits Carrots are perhaps best known for their rich supply of the antioxidant nutrient that was actually named for them: beta-carotene. However, these delicious root vegetables are the source not only of beta-carotene, but also of a wide variety of antioxidants and other health-supporting nutrients. The areas of antioxidant…

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Avocado

1 = 234 Calories Technically a fruit, avocados are packed with oleic acid that is believed to cut activities of HER-2/neu, which is a gene that is believed to trigger the growth of cancer cells in the breasts. NUTRIENT BOOSTER: Avocados have a rare ability- they help your body absorb nutrients from other foods. FOLATE:…

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Pear

101 Calories Health Benefits Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory Support While pears are not an unusual source of conventional antioxidant or anti-inflammatory nutrients (for example, vitamin E or omega-3 fatty acids), the phytonutrient category is where this fruit excels. For example, in the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging (1,638 participants, average age range 62-69 years), the combination…

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Grapefruit

Calories: 50 Grapefruit Lowers Cholesterol Grapefruit contains pectin, a form of soluble fiber that has been shown in animal studies to slow down the progression of atherosclerosis. In one study, animals fed a high-cholesterol diet plus grapefruit pectin had 24% narrowing of their arteries, while animals fed the high-cholesterol diet without grapefruit pectin had 45%…

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Blackberry

1cup = 62 Calories Blackberries are a vital that can grow in all types of environments. Blackberries are rich in antioxidants, including vitamin C, ellagic acid, and anthocyanins. Vitamin C not only aids wound healing, but helps to protect our bodies from immune system deficiencies, macular degeneration and can reduce the risk of heart disease…

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Banana

105 calories per banana depending on size Bananas are wonderfully sweet with firm and creamy flesh, they come prepackaged in their own yellow jackets and are available for harvest throughout the year. The nutritional benefits of bananas are amazing making them essential to anyone’s daily diet. Studies have shown banana consumption to kill stomach bacteria…

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Apple

90 Calories Apples are one of nature’s most iconic fruits for a good reason. One of the apple’s best health boosting agents, quercetin, is found in it’s skin. Quercetin has been found to have naturally anti-inflammatory and antihistamine properties. Apples have also been shown to reduce seasonal allergies, and help prevent cancer, heart disease, type…

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Acai Berry

4 oz= 247 Calories Health Benefits of Acai Berry This little berry’s list of attributes includes a high level of antioxidant activity similar to cranberries, but more than what’s been found in blueberries and strawberries. Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) values measuring the antioxidant power of acai fruit pulp/skin powder reportedly have the highest ORAC…

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Apricot

1 Apricot=79 Calories Apricots are those beautifully golden orange fruit, with velvety skin and flesh: not too juicy but definitely smooth and sweet. They are full of beta-carotene and fiber and are one of the first signs of summer. The vitamin A found in apricots will help your eyesight and the fiber prevents constipation and…

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