NOVEMBER 2014 HEALTH TIPS

Avocados

In addition to its heart healthy fat, avocados are bursting with nutrients and antioxidants. One recent study found that regular avocado eaters have higher intakes of fiber, vitamins E and K, magnesium, and potassium. The healthful fat in avocado also boosts the absorption of antioxidants in the veggies they’re consumed with – by up to 13 times. And bonus: avocado eaters are slimmer and have smaller waistlines, even when they don’t consume fewer calories!

Hot Peppers

In addition to fighting heart disease by boosting circulation and helping to lower "bad" LDL cholesterol and up "good" HDL cholesterol, hot peppers like jalapenos and habaneros have been shown to increase calorie burning, improve satiety, and curb cravings for salty, fatty, and sweet foods. They’re also packed with antioxidants, as well as immune-supporting vitamins A and C. And they protect your tummy - research shows that hot peppers help kill the bacteria that cause ulcers.

Tomatoes

Regular consumption of tomatoes has been linked to a lower risk of high blood pressure, and recent studies show that this salsa staple is a potent fighter of inflammation, a known trigger of premature aging and diseases, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. Plus tomatoes offer natural beauty benefits – their antioxidants act like little bodyguards, to fend off compounds that damage skin, and the pigment that imparts tomatoes’ gorgeous hue has been shown to give skin a natural glow.

Beans

Beans are a phenomenal superfood. In addition to being packed with fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals, their antioxidant levels rival some berries. Eating beans regularly has been shown to slash the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and breast cancer, and even when bean eaters eat more calories, they have over a 20 percent lower risk of obesity and smaller waist measurements.