Magazine article Work & Family Life

Keep These Healthy Foods on Your Shopping List

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Keep These Healthy Foods on Your Shopping List

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Diet can play a major role in protecting us from a number of age-related diseases, according to Nathan LaBrasseur, PhD, director of the Healthy Aging and Independent Living Program at the Mayo Clinic. And while an overall healthy diet is important, these six foods offer an extra boost.

Beans. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition says that beans are especially good for the heart because they are rich in protein, Aber, vitamins, minerals and plant chemicals.

Fish. Many studies suggest the benefits of eating fatty fish especially. Because they are high in inflammation-fighting omega-3 fatty acids, they may help protect the heart and brain.

Whole grains. Carbs have a bad reputation, but a Penn State review of 45 studies found that people who ate seven daily servings of whole gains- instead of refined carbs-reduced their risk of serious conditions such as heart disease and obesity. …

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