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Bananas reduce stroke risk. According to, the potassium in one to two bananas a day can drop blood pressure two or three points, enough to lower stroke risk.

Brown rice eaten just twice a week can lower your risk of type 2 diabetes by 11 percent, according to a study reported in the June ’10 Archives of Internal Medicine.

Cherry juice can ease insomnia, according to the November ’10 Bottom Line Health newsletter. Tart cherries contain melatonin, which can help you get to sleep faster.

Beans may help you live longer. According to an article in the August ’09 Better Nutrition, beans are included in every one of the diets in areas around the world where people live the longest. Beans’ nutrients help reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

Movie popcorn slathered in so-called melted butter may contain as much artery-clogging saturated fat as five fast-food burgers. Smuggle in your own popcorn or take a healthful trail mix that includes nuts, seeds and dried fruit.

Greek yogurt is a good muscle-building snack, according to the October ’10 Health. It packs double the protein of standard yogurt and has significantly less sugar.

—Becky Holman

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