Magazine article Work & Family Life

Cut to the Chase.For a Healthy Diet

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Cut to the Chase.For a Healthy Diet

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Loaded with antioxidants. Certified organic. Low sodium. No trans fats.. .and on and on. With all the emphasis on improving the American diet, we are bombarded with buzzwords in our supermarket aisles.

And even if we do figure out which foods are the best for us, chances are we will not start eating pomegranates on a daily basis. Here are a few suggestions for healthier eating based on the common foods and drinks in our daily diet.

* DRINK COFFEE-BUT NOT TOO MUCH. Coffee beans are the leading source of antioxidants in the American diet. So it's not a bad way to start the day. Moderation is the key. Too much coffee can cause stomach irritation, faster heart rate and higher blood pressure (not to mention all those calories in the specialty coffee drinks).

* DRINK FRESHLY BREWED TEA. Black, green and herbal teas contain antioxidant compounds called flavonoids, which are especially helpful for people suffering from arthritis inflammation. Green teas contain the most flavonoids. But whatever tea you drink, the benefits are greatest if it's freshly brewed. In restaurants, ask for a tea bag.

* EAT MUSHROOMS. Common white button mushrooms are widely available, inexpensive, easy to cook with and a rich source of ergothioneine, an antioxidant that is unaffected by cooking. …

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