Deck the halls and fight disease

We all choose holiday foods for their traditions and yummy tastes, but many seasonal fruits and veggies also win kudos for their disease-fighting antioxidants. Pick these for the biggest nutrient payoff:

Stuff your stocking with tangerines Munching more fruit may reinforce your bones, according to a British study that scanned the spines of 67 women over age 60. Women who averaged two fruits per day had 5% denser bones than those who ate only one. American women's average intake: just 1½ fruits a day.

Load latkes with sweet potatoes to beat heart disease. Wake Forest University researchers fed a diet with 30% of calories from vegetables to mice that had been specially bred to develop humanlike heart disease. Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) in those mice was 38% less severe than in similar mice eating vegetable-free feed.
Grace your buffet with collard greens More veggies may mean less cancer, too. Risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, an immune-system cancer, was 42% lower in people who ate at least three veggie servings per day, compared with those eating one or fewer per day, in a Mayo Clinic study of 857 people. In the past 30 years, cases of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma have nearly doubled, with rates rising faster in women.
PHOTO (COLOR): Gorgeous bone builders


By Gloria McVeigh

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