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Slide show: 10 great health foodsBy Mayo Clinic staff
Health foods: Building blocks of a healthy diet
Give your diet a healthy boost with these 10 health foods. They're among your best bets for eating well because they meet at least three of the following criteria:
- Good or excellent source of fiber, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients
- High in phytonutrients and antioxidant compounds, such as vitamins A and E and beta carotene
- May help reduce risk of heart disease and other health conditions
- Low in calorie density, meaning you get a larger portion size with a fewer number of calories
- Readily available
Find out more about these health foods and how easy it is to include them in your diet.Next slide
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