Red Is the New Healthy: 3 Items Seniors Must Eat to Stay Healthy

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You may have noticed the produce department at your grocery store is bursting with color. Those pale winter tomatoes are actually starting to look deep red again. Strawberries are bountiful and big and more seasonal offerings like asparagus are arriving. While the comfort starches like potatoes kept us warm this winter, it’s time to embrace these spring choices. But not only are these fruits and vegetables brightening up our day, they are also some of the healthiest. Red fruits in particular have some of the best health benefits for seniors.

According to an article in a recent AARP magazine, three of these red fruits are packed with nutrients, disease-busting properties and are heart healthy when combined with other foods on a low-fat diet. Here are three items to choose for your good health.

Tomatoes
While there always seems to be a debate about whether a tomato fits the category of fruit or vegetable, it is classified as a fruit. A study at Tufts University found that foods with the antioxidant lycopene, which tomatoes contain, when eaten more than five times a week may reduce heart disease risk as much at 26 percent. The study does suggest the most benefit comes from cooking tomatoes.

Apples 
The adage “an apple a day” was found to be true in a recent study at Ohio State University. Apples were shown to reduce your bad cholesterol (LDL) by up to 40 percent. It’s important to eat the peel which contains the highest amounts of antioxidants.

Cranberries
A University of Scranton study showed positive benefits from drinking up to three cups of cranberry juice a day. Researchers found subjects’ good cholesterol (HDL) was raised by 10 percent and heart disease risk lowered by 10 percent.

Reach for the red next time you load up your grocery cart!

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