WHAT: Lean beef
WHY: It can lower your blood pressure
The heart-healthy DASH diet has always frowned upon beef intake. But a Penn State study on four DASH variations, each recommending from 0.7 to 5.4 oz lean beef daily, found that the one with the most lean-beef protein was best at lowering blood pressure.
So, if you’re still doing cow, 90% lean (best cuts: top sirloin, T-bone, London broil, flank steak, ground sirloin) is the way to go.
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WHAT: Perdue poultry
WHY: It’s newly (well, nearly) antibiotic-free
Certified organic always wins in our book, but the poultry giant is at least making an effort. This year Perdue stopped injecting unhatched eggs with antibiotics (which foster the growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in humans).
Some of the company’s birds still get antibiotics in feed (c’mon, Perdue!), but it’s a step in the right direction.
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WHY: It combats the desire for junk food
Compounds in spinach called thylakoids reduced the hankering for unhealthy food in 95% of participants in a study at Lund University in Sweden.
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