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Top 5 Foods for Women

I just came across this list of 5 superfoods all women should include in their diet - I bet most of you already do.

Cranberries - These help fight off nasty Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs). About 10 oz of juice a day (the unsweetened kind) is all you need to kick that infection out the door.

Not only that, but cranberries are high in antioxidants, so they can help fend off colds, stomach bugs, and certain types of cancer. Drinking cranberry juice can also prevent plaque from forming on your teeth. You can add unsweetened cranberry juice to smoothies or dried cranberries to salads and baked goods.

Walnuts - These are rich in Omega-3s, which help increase the good cholesterol (HDL) levels in your body. These are the "healthy" fats.

They may even help with depression and reduce your risk of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. Top your salad with 1/4 cup or try them in pesto. I like to add them to my oatmeal.

Beans - These little legumes are great sources of protein, and they may also prevent heart disease. Rich in two heart-friendly phytochemicals, beans are packed with magnesium, potassium, folate, and fiber. Choose hummus over dip (it's made with garbanzo beans), and add beans to salads, burritos or soups to get your fill.

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Fish - Fish are the best sources of Omega-3s because they are high in two particular fatty acids that are crucial to good health, DHA (docosohexanoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid). These two fatty acids are important in preventing heart disease and cancer.

Women who want to get pregnant, are already pregnant, or nursing should eat fish low in mercury - that means no Shark, Swordfish, King Mackerel, or Tilefish. Everyone can safely eat up to 2 meals (total of 12 oz) of fish a week.

Tomatoes - These gems are loaded with the antioxidant lycopene. Women with lycopene-rich diets can have as much as a 50% lower risk of developing breast cancer. This miracle antioxidant can also lower your blood pressure and bad cholesterol levels (LDL), and may even reduce your risk of getting macular degeneration (problem with your eyes) and a host of cancers.

Raw tomatoes aren't your only option. Cooked tomato products like tomato sauce count too. 1 cup on your pasta will give you 32 mg of lycopene, which is your RDI.


Join The Conversation
potterlove potterlove 9 years
I didn't know half the thing in this list is THAT healthy! Well I gotta go grocery shopping then.
AutumnWind AutumnWind 10 years
Awesome! I love all of these foods!
Annabean Annabean 10 years
Ok, one last time :), tomato!
Annabean Annabean 10 years
tomoto :)
Annabean Annabean 10 years
Wow, this is good to know. I just ate a tomatoe :P , Yummy!!!
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 10 years
Hehehe I eat all of those all the time! :D Well, my fish intake has dropped since being preg, but I still snack on walnuts! Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm :love:
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
I am not sure how to tell ya'll. I think the tomato would need to be too too ripe or too too under-ripe, but I don't know what that looks like. haha. And, if i remember correctly, those problems don't happen to the majority of women. I think I have IBS...(i refuse to go to doctor for it and therefore just modify my diet to exclude most of the foods that agravate it) and my body is overly sensitive to some foods. I can eat tomatoes once in a while, like once slice on a sandwhich...but i if i am eating a lot of tomatoes, i peel the skin off and am usually okay. but like i said, that is just me, and that was justinfo my dr. passed on!
sugar_me_sweet sugar_me_sweet 10 years
yeah, how can you tell if you shouldn't eat the tomatoes? the last thing i need is a stomach problem
divinedebris divinedebris 10 years
i love me some tomatoes but i didn't know if they were too ripe or not ripe enough that they'd be bad for me. how can you tell?
cm0nster8 cm0nster8 10 years
wow..i did not know tomatoes over or under ripe could cause these problems. thanks for the info cravinsugar
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
CAreful with all the tomatoes ya'll! If you eat tomatoes that are over or under ripe, they can cause digestive problems and muscle and joint aches. My doctor told me that a while back when I was having problems eating them. Just a heads up.
andaman andaman 10 years
I eat those things all the time but I also drink white wine excessively occasionally. Well I guess I live a little :)
krisua krisua 10 years
Such a great article, I love it! And all my favourite foods too, except the beans but it's more a question of habit really.
pixelhaze pixelhaze 10 years
So wait you cant eat fish daily?
It's cool, cause I like em all!
Chickonspeed Chickonspeed 10 years
Currently, I stuff myself with last, sthg good I overeat lol ! And I am also shifting my daily fish (tuna) to wild salmon : delicious :-p
girliegurl65 girliegurl65 10 years
I LOVE tomatoes!!! All my friends hate them and so does my boyfriend, so i always have to leave them out of good recipes. Now i have a good excuse though, " they are good for you, eat up"...
Fitness Fitness 10 years
For all you ladies who don't like tomatoes, lycopene is also found in watermelon, rose hips, and pink grapefruit.
muchacha muchacha 10 years
didn't realise that about tomatoes, good thing i love them!! thanks for posting fit.. i will have to check out YumSugar to see if there are appetising ways to incorporate beans into my diet because I don't really like them at all on their own. It's a texture thing.
Desirella Desirella 10 years
Thanks for the post, it's good to know and I love all of these foods! I always have cranberry juice in the fridge and a bag of dried cranberries on hand. I also love raw tomatoes, especially with a slice of fresh mozerella, fresh basil and a pinch of black pepper.
Nicolel03 Nicolel03 10 years
Great post!! Luckily i like all of these foods. I have both walnuts and cranberries in my oatmeal almost every morning. (I like to add a little honey in there too!)
theworldloves theworldloves 10 years
And I love every one of those five foods!!!
joyofadventure joyofadventure 10 years
eww i dont like tomatoes... any other options with the same effect?
sarabel sarabel 10 years
blech i hate tomatoes!!!
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