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7208-foodfactsRaspberries can ramp up your fiber intake significantly. The January/February ’13 Nutrition Action Healthletter features a list of high-fiber foods, and raspberries come out on top with nine grams in one cup. If you don’t mind the side effects, black beans provide eight grams per cooked half cup.

Caffeine can contribute to muscle cramping, according to the June ’13 Reader’s Digest. It constricts blood vessels and decreases circulation, so if you’re cramping during your workout, you may want to cut back on the Starbucks beforehand.

Turmeric is the spice that gives curry its orange color. The spice contains circumen, which, according to the March ’13 Prevention, “increases brain levels of the feel-good neurotransmitter serotonin. In addition to lifting mood, turmeric has been shown to help relieve arthritis and protect against cancer.

Meat can be good for you, but it has to be the right kind. According to the November/December ’12 Well Being Journal, “Grass-fed meats are rich in vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids, including a healthy balance of omega-3 and omega-6 and vitamins A and K2. Grain-fed meats lack the fat-soluble vitamins and have too many omega-6s and not enough omega-3s. Furthermore, a diet that is meat free or low in meat, lowfat and rich in carbohydrates is a recipe for increased risk of diabetes and diseases such as obesity, heart disease and cancer.”

—Becky Holman


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