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Foods to Power Up Your Diet

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Foods to Power Up Your Diet

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Foods to Power Up Your Diet
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ORANGES One of the few fruits in season this time of year, oranges deliver that sweet taste you crave for just 65 calories apiece. In addition, oranges contain a type of fiber called pectin that not only keeps you full, but also controls cholesterol. "Plus, it takes a while to peel and eat one, so it helps increase satisfaction and control appetite," says Moores. A good choice: California navel oranges, which are at their peak in January and February.

LEAN PORK Adults who have a high-protein meal burn twice as many calories afterward as those who eat a high-carb one, according to a study at Arizona State University in Mesa. With just 122 calories per 3 ounces, pork tenderloin is one of the leanest sources of protein, supplying as much as prime rib for one- third to one-eighth of the fat. The same size serving of pork top loin has 147 calories and 5 grams of fat.

Fight inflammation

"Most heart attacks happen when plaque that has built up in the artery bursts, forming a blood clot that blocks blood flow. Researchers now believe inflammatory compounds trigger plaque eruption," says Stein. In fact, a recent study at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston found that high levels of C-reactive protein (or CRP, a measure of inflammation) is a more reliable predictor of heart trouble than high cholesterol. To fight inflammation, rely on the following foods.

SALMON This fish is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which ease inflammation, boasting three to six times the amount found in other popular seafood, like shrimp, flounder, and mahimahi. If salmon's flavor is a little too fishy for you, Gutterson suggests mellowing it by poaching fillets in white wine, chicken or vegetable stock, lemon zest, and dill or fennel.

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