33 Healthy Foods That Are Way More Nutritious Than You Realized

This fruit bowl staple boasts so many health benefits, it's hard to even keep track of them all. Apples contain quercetin, a powerful antioxidant that has been shown to protect brain cells from degeneration and may do the same in humans. Their high natural fiber content may help protect against colon cancer. And, of course, they're heroes for your heart. Adults who eat apples are 37 percent less likely to have high blood pressure, and one group of researchers found that women who ate at least one apple a day were 28 percent less likely to develop diabetes than those who ate none.

APPLES

This fruit bowl staple boasts so many health benefits, it’s hard to even keep track of them all. Apples contain quercetin, a powerful antioxidant that has been shown to protect brain cells from degeneration and may do the same in humans. Their high natural fiber content may help protect against colon cancer. And, of course, they’re heroes for your heart. Adults who eat apples are 37 percent less likely to have high blood pressure, and one group of researchers found that women who ate at least one apple a day were 28 percent less likely to develop diabetes than those who ate none.

APRICOTSTheir deep color indicates the presence of carotenoids, specifically the antioxidant beta-carotene, which are linked with cancer prevention. Apricots are also high in iron and potassium, a mineral essential for proper nerve and muscle function that also helps maintain normal blood pressure and balance of body fluids.

ARTICHOKES

This bulbous veggie is a great source of silymarin, an antioxidant that may help prevent skin cancer.

ASPARAGUS

Yes, asparagus can make your urine stinky, but these spears are worth working in to your diet. Asparagus contains the natural diuretic asparagine, which helps your body get rid of excess fluid and salt. It’s also high in folate, a B vitamin that helps combat stress.

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