The 5 Best Foods To Eat Every Day


  • By Robin Westen

    It seems practically every week there’s a different “miracle” food in the news promising to keep us super healthy. Well, most nutritionists agree that’s probably a lot of hooey. Just one food can’t hold the key to our over-all health. However, there are several powerful foods that definitely pack a punch. Click through to see the foods you should be eating every day:
  • Spinach Popeye knew its benefits. Spinach is a rich source of plant-based omega-3s and foliates. It helps reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and osteoporosis. Try to eat one cup of fresh spinach or a half cup of cooked spinach every day. You can throw leaves on top of a salad, cook some in your morning omelets, or order it on top of pizza.
  • Yogurt Enjoy it frozen, drink a shake, or scoop it right from the container. In any of its forms, yogurt will boost your immune system by providing tons of beneficial bacteria. Just be sure the yogurt you choose includes live, active cultures. Read the label carefully on containers and avoid brands that include high fructose corn syrup.
  • Tomatoes This “love apple” is loaded with the super-antioxidant lycopene, which studies show can reduce the risk of several types of cancer and coronary artery disease. Excellent in salads and sauces.
  • Carrots You can eat them raw like Bugs Bunny, shave them for salads or steam carrots lightly as a side dish with your main course. No matter how you slice it, carrots contain carotenoids, fat-soluble compounds that reduce the risk for a wide range of cancers. Plus, they help ease inflammatory diseases like asthma and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Blueberries Want more antioxidants? Opt for blueberries. Research points to their healing power. They can help prevent cancer, diabetes and age-related memory loss. They’re rich in Vitamin C, which aids the formation of collagen and helps maintain healthy gums and capillaries. It also promotes iron absorption and a healthy immune system. And there’s more. Blueberries are dynamos of dietary fiber, and we all need more of that.

    Robin Westen is ThirdAge's medical reoorter. Check for her daily updates. Her most recent book, co-authored with Dr. Alyssa Dweck, is "V Is For Vagina."