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Saturday, July 21, 2012

3 Foods That Help You Live Longer & Healthier


1. Chocolate—You already know it’s going to be a great list when it starts off with chocolate. Cocoa is a heart-healthy food that has been linked to reduced blood pressure and improved blood vessel health. Take note that this does not mean you can eat every chocolate candy bar around. Because many chocolate bars contain large amounts of sugar, experts recommend 2 - 4 squares per day of dark chocolate that has at least 70% of the flavonoid-containing compound cacao.
2. Coffee—In a Harvard University study, coffee was shown to reduce the rates of prostate problems. Men who drank one to three cups of coffee daily still had lower rates of prostate issues compared to men who didn’t drink any at all. The study showed no difference between decaf and caffeinated coffee.
3. Walnuts—If nuts are superfoods, walnuts could be a super nut. Walnuts contain twice the amount of antioxidants per ounce compared to peanuts and almonds. Also a source of essential fatty acids, walnuts were found to be better in terms of the quality and quantity of antioxidants. Walnuts can help maintain healthy cholesterol levels and manage weight by delivering heart-healthy fats and proteins.

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