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Prunes, or dried plums, help keep bones strong, according to a Florida State University study. As we also know, they help keep you regular too, so have a few.

Popcorn is a high-fiber, cholesterol-lowering snack. In fact, it contains more fiber per ounce than brown rice or whole-wheat bread.

Greek yogurt is an excellent muscle-building snack. A six-ounce serving yields 18 grams of protein. Go for plain so those six ounces will add only 100 calories to your diet. Okay, add a few pecans for some crunch and flavor.

Fish oil, which is rich in omega-3 fats, has been shown to improve heart health and fat burning. New research out of Harvard shows that it also can cut your risk of gum disease, according to the October ’11 Better Nutrition.

Brown rice, eaten only once a week, may slash your risk of colon polyps by 40 percent, according to a study reported in the October ’11 Reader’s Digest.

—Becky Holman


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