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Sugar can cause depression. Candy, cake, soft drinks and other simple-sugar snacks trigger wild fluctuations in blood sugar—blood sugar is high after you eat them; then insulin surges and lowers it below normal. That can lead to mood swings.

Pomegranates contain unique antioxidants that may reverse plaque buildup in arteries. According to the February ’11 Prevention, research at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa found that drinking eight ounces of pomegranate juice a day for a year reversed plaque due to an enzyme that breaks down oxidized cholesterol.

Pineapple may help relieve joint pain. The fruit contains the enzyme bromelain, which is an anti-inflammatory. You can get bromelain in supplement form, but try eating pineapple with cottage cheese a few times a week. Delicious!

Saturated fat has been implicated in heart disease for decades; however, an article in the May/June ’10 Well Being Journal reports that “a recent meta-analysis of the data related to the association of dietary saturated fat with risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and cardiovascular disease indicates otherwise.” More than 20 studies were analyzed by researchers, and “there is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of CHD or CVD.”

—Becky Holman


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