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Healthiest Foods, Part 1

Posted - Mar. 7, 2003 at 9:20 a.m.



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Food. It's not just something to sing about. We need it. We crave it. We dream about it.

We all have our favorites. But food is fuel for your body.

Dr. John Swatzberg, editor of UC-Berkeley's Wellness Letter, says feed it right, and you'll see the benefits.

"If we have a healthy diet, we're much more likely to have healthy blood vessels. There's some evidence that our brains may work better. Clearly our livers may work better. Our whole bodies tend to function better," he says.

So what should you eat if you want to live a long, healthy life? Are some foods better than others!

Experts say if you want to eat healthy, eat your colors. Your plate should look like a box of Crayons.

Dr. Swartzberg explains, "Different colors of foods have different types of healthful things, and so it's an easy way to sort of look at your plate and say, 'My plate's pretty colorful tonight, therefore it probably has all of the-- many of the-- nutritional things that I need.'"

On Monday we'll look at ten foods that pack a wallop in terms of good nutrition and good health.

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