Top 5 Foods Every Woman Needs

Amy Jo Jones

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Men and women both need to eat their veggies -- this is true. But women and men have different metabolisms and different needs when it comes to nutrition.

Here are five important foods every woman should have in her diet (don't worry, you are probably eating them already):

Tomatoes: Tomatoes are loaded with lycopene. Lycopene-rich diets can help you gain as much as a 50 percent lower risk of developing breast cancer. It's easy to get your daily serving of tomatoes -- 1 cup of spaghetti sauce serves up the day’s recommended intake.

Nuts: Try a handful of walnuts on your salad. Walnuts are rich in omega-3s, which increase good cholesterol. They may even help with depression and reduce your risk of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. 

Greens: Dark-green leafy vegetables like Brussels sprouts, spinach, and broccoli are all good sources of vitamins. But collard greens are among the best. In addition to providing calcium and vitamin D, greens are rich in vitamin K, which has a bone-protective effect for women.

Berries: Raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries contain phytonutrients, which have antioxidant properties that can help improve immune function and reduce the risk for chronic diseases. A low-calorie, high-fiber choice, berries are perfect for a sweet snack.

Chocolate: Yes, chocolate! Chocolate is made with cacao, which contains healthy chemicals like flavonoids and theobromine, which reduce heart attack risks. In order to reap the benefits, you should be eating chocolate with at least 70 percent cacao (or cocoa) and sadly, you should eat it in moderation. This means no more than 7 ounces a week.

Which of these foods do you eat most often for your health?

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