50 Healthy Foods To Enjoy For Life

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People often talk about which foods are bad, or which foods to avoid. As science continues to prove that food and beverage choices have an essential role in our health, it's more important than ever to know which foods we should eat and enjoy.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans encourages a meal plan filled with a wide variety of nutrient-dense foods, including plenty of vegetables, some legumes, and fruits, as well as whole grain, protein and dairy foods. While no single food is super enough to provide every nutritional benefit, here are 50 favorites to provide a delicious, well-balanced diet for a lifetime.

1. Apples

The original health food, apples, are among the most popular fruits produced worldwide. While most people have eaten several bushels-full in their lifetime, chances are they haven't tried all 7,500 varieties.

More unusual apples such as the red-fleshed Lucy Glo and the juicy-crisp yellow Opal offer a fun way to change things up, especially for people who believe an apple a day keeps the doctor away. For about 95 calories, one medium-sized apple is loaded with fiber, vitamin C and phytochemicals that may protect against cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and certain cancers.1‘Apples.’ The Nutrition Source, 22 May 2019, www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/food-features/apples/

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