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Foods With Health Benefits

January 6th, 2012 Healthy Living

If you're looking to get in shape or add more nutrients to your diet, it may be time to say goodbye to fast food and hello to nature's bounty. Some of the top dietitians and nutritionists recommend the following products, all of which are packed with endless benefits.

Peanut or almond butter, two items replete with heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and tons of protein, can be excellent for you as long as you find brands that use minimal ingredients.

Almonds contain a huge amount of monounsaturated fatty acids, which can keep your blood vessels healthy and lower cholesterol. Try pairing them with whole grains or eat them with raisins or dried cranberries.

Lentils are full of protein, which can be useful for people who don't eat meat. Lentils also have folate, which is a nutrient that can prevent certain birth defects for pregnant women.

Blueberries are delicious and packed with fiber, which can help regulate your digestive system. These little berries are also full of antioxidants, which work to prevent cellular damage in your body.

Wild salmon has omega-3 fatty acids that could help improve your mood and make your skin healthier. The wild varieties are better than farm-bred fish because they are exposed to less toxins.

Extra-virgin olive oil is a great source of monounsaturated fats and could reduce your risk of heart disease. Olive oil is easy to cook with and works on anything from pasta to vegetables.

Nonfat Greek yogurt is a better alternative than conventional yogurt because it is richer in probiotics, which can improve your digestive health and immunity to disease. Greek yogurt also has a ton of protein - eight more grams per serving than regular yogurt.

Any of these foods can be good for you as long as you eat them as part of a healthy diet and exercise program and in moderation.