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Kristin Kirkpatrick, M.S., R.D., L.D.

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Foods You Probably Aren't Eating -- But Should

Posted: 05/ 6/11 08:45 AM ET

Many of my clients submit food logs to me regularly, and the one common theme I see on these logs is repetition. While their eating habits significantly improve over time, their actual food choices rarely vary. We can all get stuck in a food rut, but doing so may mean that we are missing out on certain essential vitamins and minerals, and consequently, we are missing out on a variety of ways to live longer and better. I advise my clients to throw a food curveball in every once in a while and explore the world beyond their typical pantry and refrigerator. Here are five foods you may want to add to your menu!

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A staple in Korean cuisine, Kimchi is made by fermenting cabbage or other vegetables, and can be used as a side dish or mixed with other foods as a main dish.

Fermented foods can offer a variety of gastrointestinal benefits through their formation of probiotics (healthy bacteria) in the gastrointestinal tract. Kimchi's superstar bacteria, Lactobacillus, has been found to help reduce gas, indigestion and bloating -- it may even reduce the number of yeast infections and aid in weight loss.
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