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23 February 2009 @ 09:27 am
Top 5 Foods for women  
1. Cranberries
2. Walnuts
3. Beans
4. Fish
5. Tomatoes

They earn super status for their ability to help fight off nasty urinary tract infections. About 10 ounces of juice a day does the trick. Plus, recent research shows that cranberries might also help fend off colds and fight stomach bugs, gum disease, and certain types of cancer. Add a little unsweetened cranberry juice to smoothies, and sprinkle some dried berries into cereal and muffin mix.

These nuts are rich in omega-3s, which help reduce inflam-mation and increase good cholesterol. They may even help with depression and reduce your risk of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. Top your salad with 1/4 cup or try them in pesto.

The humble legume may prevent heart disease and help head off colon cancer. Rich in two heart-friendly phytochemicals, beans are packed with magnesium, potassium, folate, and fiber. Get a 1/2 cup five to six times per week by adding canned kidney and garbanzo beans (rinse and drain first) to salads, burritos, and dips.

Studies show that eating seafood rich in omega-3s at least twice a week could reduce your risk of heart disease. And the reports say women of childbearing age and nursing mothers can safely eat as much as 12 ounces of seafood a week if they avoid high-mercury swordfish, shark, tilefish, and king mackerel; albacore tuna should be limited to 6 ounces a week.

Loaded with the antioxidant lycopene, tomatoes and ?cooked tomato products pack a big health punch (at 32 milligrams, 1 cup of spaghetti sauce serves up the day’s recommended intake). Studies show that women with lycopene-rich diets can have as much as a 50 percent lower risk of developing breast cancer. The antioxidant can also lower your blood pressure and bad cholesterol, and may even reduce your risk of getting macular degeneration and a host of cancers.


I've also seen lowfat dairy where walnuts are. How many of you guys eat this stuff regularly?
elbamoonraven on February 23rd, 2009 03:56 pm (UTC)
I don't eat cranberries too much, but I LOVE walnuts and I LOVE beans (I make a wicked 3 bean chili which also encompasses tomatoes). In fact, I am having some leftover chili tonight. Made w/o meat it's really cheap and extraordinarily healthy.

Unfortunately I don't really like raw tomatoes too much, and I definitely need to work fish into my diet more. Although I do eat sushi often :).
Emilyfatesarchitect on February 23rd, 2009 03:59 pm (UTC)
I eat refried beans at least every other day. With salsa. So i get my beans and tomatoes right there. NOM. And low fat, low calorie, but still filling.
dumbblondedumbxblonde07 on February 27th, 2009 06:24 am (UTC)
Oh, what's the recipe to this meatless chili? I would love to have it! I'm not a big fan of meat so I try to incorporate protein in other ways, and this sounds dilicious!
open yourself up to joysometimescrazy on February 23rd, 2009 05:06 pm (UTC)
Eat the walnuts, beans and tomatoes at least 3 times a week. Not a big fish person, but I am trying to add it in more. :)
garywerefinallyhugebuttersbooboo on February 24th, 2009 12:31 pm (UTC)
I eat tomatos and beans (I'm a vegetarian) all the time. :) I also love Craisins (don't know if that counts for Cranberries) and drink cranberry juice often at home. :)