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Dr. Frank Lipman


The Super 7: Foods With Benefits

Posted: 01/18/2012 8:04 am

Lose weight! Boost immunity! Improve your love life! If there were a pharmaceutical drug that did all three, there'd be a stampede to the pharmacy, but for now, no such pill exists. My advice? Build your own -- not a pill, but a plan -- an eating strategy that packs power, nutritional value and a host of benefits into every bite. Where to start? Simply load up on the "Super 7" -- the seven most nutritionally-valuable foods you can buy. What makes them super? Few calories, little sugar or salt plus lots of soluble fiber, nutrients and health-boosting phytochemicals, and not a drop of guilt should you overindulge! So, if you want to weigh less, look and feel great, the magic pill you've been looking for is in the organic produce aisle and at the seafood counter. Here are the "Super 7" -- the building blocks of excellent nutrition and sustainable wellness:

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The myriad of nutrients found in avocados -- oleic acid, lutein, folate, vitamin E, monounsaturated fats and glutathione among them -- can help protect your body from heart disease, cancer and degenerative eye disease. Avocados taste great and are easily integrated into any meal -- or even a fruit smoothie. Add a half an avocado to smoothies to add creamy texture and a powerful nutritional boost.

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