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7 Warm-Weather Foods with Surprising Health Benefits

Party dip: Perennial components of popular party dips, tomatoes and avocados can offer seniors an array of healthy nutrients. Salsa comprised of tomatoes and other vegetables can provide an elderly person with part of their daily recommended vegetable intake, as well as antioxidants such as lycopene. Though they are high in (“good”) fat, avocados, the main component of guacamole, are full of vitamins and minerals that can deliver a host of health benefits to seniors.

Eggs: Sometimes shunned as a member of the protein portion of MyPlate, eggs are actually a good source of protein and contain many essential vitamins and minerals, including vitamins: A, D, E, B6 and B12. And, it’s not just egg whites that contain health benefits. According to Frechman, egg yolks contain choline, lutein, and zeaxanthin—several nutrients that are essential for good eye health.

Chocolate: In moderation, certain types of chocolate are actually good for you. Dark chocolate is chock-full of antioxidants and has been shown to have numerous health benefits, including: reducing blood pressure, and increasing insulin sensitivity.

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12:40AM PDT on May 25, 2012

thanks for sharing

2:14PM PDT on May 22, 2012

I haven't had watermelon in years ... it must be time to have some again!!

8:50AM PDT on May 22, 2012

thanks!

1:38PM PDT on Apr 30, 2012

I remember years ago when I was travelling during really hot weather, in one country there were countless street vendors selling watermelon slices for next to nothing. Watermelon quenches one's thirst immediately and somehow for longer as well.

11:17AM PDT on Apr 30, 2012

I'm so happy when watermelon season comes along!

Not only is it great to eat alone, but in a salad with arugula and some crumbled feta cheese and toasted walnuts and dried cranberries with a light raspberry vinaigrette....it makes a wonderful summer meal!

11:04AM PDT on Apr 28, 2012

great article, thanks for sharing! :)

11:03AM PDT on Apr 28, 2012

great article, thanks for sharing! :)

10:05AM PDT on Apr 28, 2012

noted

10:05AM PDT on Apr 28, 2012

noted

9:30AM PDT on Apr 28, 2012

Thank you.

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