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Most people think that oranges are the vitamin C superstars, but the truth is, yellow bell peppers have nearly three and a half times as much. The newest reason to get your C: People who popped the supplement burned more fat than those who were deficient, according to a treadmill study from Arizona State University in Mesa. "Your body needs the vitamin to produce carnitine, a compound in muscles that converts fat into energy," says lead study author Carol Johnston, PhD, RD, the director of the university's nutrition program.
Fresh idea: Add yellow peppers to a stir-fry, or layer them on a turkey sandwich for crunch.
Pineapple makes it a cinch to zip up your skinny jeans. "It contains bromelain, an enzyme that helps break food down so that it speeds through your system faster, reducing bloat," explains Jonny Bowden, PhD, author of The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth.
Fresh idea: Make a salad of pineapple, red onion, and mint, or grill pineapple rings for a turkey burger topping.
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Here's another reason to enjoy yellow corn on the cob tonight: It's packed with the antioxidants zeaxanthin and lutein, aka "nature's sunglasses," according to Ward. "Zeaxanthin and lutein work together to block harmful light that can cause damage to your eyes over time," she says.
Fresh idea: Add frozen kernels to your favorite gazpacho recipe, or spread a mixture of butter, chopped fresh herbs (try basil and oregano), and a pinch of salt on corn on the cob.
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