It’s high in calcium and protein, and may decrease your risk of getting breast cancer, irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive track disorders. Just stick to low or non-fat unsweetened yogurts.”It also has probiotics, the healthy bacteria which is important to keep a healthy gut,” said nutrionist Keri Glassman, M.S., R.D., C.D.N. “A healthy gut is important for many reasons, including boosting our immune system.”
This nutritional powerhouse is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids that may help prevent cardiovascular disease. Look for fish like salmon, or canned fish, like sardines, which have DHA and EPA fatty acids listed on the label.
Beans may lower cholesterol and even stabilize female hormones.”Beans are actually a great meat substitute,” said CBS 2s Dr. Holly Phillips, M.D. “They’re rich in protein and rich in fiber. They also may fight a number of diseases, including breast cancer and heart disease.”
”Tomatoes are a great source of the antioxidant vitamin lycopene, which has actually been shown in recent research to be important in fighting breast cancer.” said Phillips.
Like tomatoes, watermelons get their red pigment from the antioxidant lycopene. Studies show that a lycopene-rich diet reduces the risk of heart disease.
Milk is fortified with vitamin D, which works wonders for bone health and other issues.”It’s also been shown to be protective against tumors, multiple sclerosis and diabetes,” said Glassman.If you don’t like dairy, you can still get the health benefits of vitamin D — just buy fortified orange juice.