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There are many different herbs and spices known to have healing powers, but rosemary stands out for its anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidant value. Rosemary and its extract contain polyphenols that have been said to help prevent cancer and that hold numerous other health benefits. "Rosemary and other fresh and dried herbs are flavor-enhancing staples of the heart-healthy Mediterranean diet and are rich in polyphenols that play an important role in cancer prevention at the cellular level," says Weintraub.
Research has found popcorn to be one of the best sources of antioxidants—it has even more than some fruits and vegetables, says Kirkpatrick.
As a low-calorie, nutrient-dense snack, popcorn is a much wiser choice than any greasy potato chip that offers basically no nutrition. Next time you're craving some, skip the movie theater butter and opt for one of these healthy, tasty topping options.
The antioxidants found in cocoa have been linked to improved memory and cognition and they may even help you lose weight. These are just two of the reasons you should be eating more chocolate. Yeah, you read that right.
"I love adding unsweetened cocoa powder to plain Greek yogurt or using it in an energy ball recipe," says Gorin. (Try it in these Almond Pistachio Cocoa Bites.) "The polyphenols in cocoa may benefit everything from heart health to blood pressure to gut health. Plus, a teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa powder is naturally sweet without any added sugar and is only about 5 calories."
Get more polyphenol bang for your buck and grab an apple, because the fruit contains four different types of the polyphenols. One study published in the Nutrition Journal reported that the polyphenol compounds found in apples can help prevent chronic disease.
"Apples may also play a role in helping to improve lipid profiles," says Kristin Kirkpatrick, M.S., R.D., L.D., manager of wellness nutrition services at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. Lipid profiles tell a lot about someone's heart health, as they relate to cholesterol and triglycerides.