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10 New Superfoods for Women

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The Next Nut

Pistachios are the new health nut. Why is that? New research from the University of Toronto shows that they may reduce the risk of diabetes by decreasing the effect of carbs on blood sugar levels. "Pistachios are high in protein, fiber, and healthy monounsaturated fat," explains study author Cyril Kendall, PhD, "all of which contribute to the slowing of carbohydrate absorption in the body."

Shopping shortcut: Buy salt-free nuts that are still in the shell. "You're less likely to overeat when you have to work for your snack," says Kathy McManus, RD, a FITNESS advisory board member and director of the department of nutrition at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

Make it even healthier: To sidestep calorie overload, don't just add pistachios to your diet; swap them for an unhealthy high-fat snack, such as chips or cheese and crackers.

Bonus benefits: Other recent research has shown that eating 2 to 3 ounces of pistachios a day can help significantly raise your level of good cholesterol (HDL). Pistachios are full of vitamin B6 and copper, too, which help increase energy.

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shartran wrote:

Some aren't really 'new'...ie: dark chocolate...tomatoes...pistachios or turmeric.

7/18/2014 11:48:21 AM Report Abuse
kraut1982 wrote:

Thank you for this very helpful information! I am always wondering what types of food are helpful to keep cancer away and generally help me and my family stay healthy. Keep giving us this helpful information. I was on the brink of not eating any red meat and now know that I am doing ok eating tenderloin and grass-fed, lean red meats.

3/14/2013 08:29:02 AM Report Abuse
cait5645 wrote:

Make sure the chocolate you buy is fair trade... too often we look for the lowest price, but oftentimes this chocolate is made by slaves overseas.

2/23/2010 06:34:54 PM Report Abuse

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