Fighter foods keep doctor away

If apples don’t appeal as a way to keep the doctor from calling, dietitian Liz Pearson has a few other foods that can help fight diseases. Pearson says including these foods in your diet each day should have you feeling a physical difference within a couple of weeks.

100 per cent whole grains: Whole grains offer many more vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants, says Pearson. But be warned, not all whole grains are created equal. “If a food item doesn’t say 100-per-cent whole grain on the package, then it’s not.”

Berries: Whether fresh, frozen or dried, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries can slow the aging process. Berries help preserve thinking skills and memory, boost immunity and help maintain balance and co-ordination as we age, Pearson says.

Dark leafy greens: Think spinach, broccoli, kale, collard greens, Swiss chard and arugula as gold mines of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin K.

Nuts: Loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber and plant compounds, nuts protect the heart, Pearson says. “If you eat nuts regularly, not only are you less likely to have a heart attack or stroke, but if you do have one, you’re much less likely to die from it.”

Chocolate: Chocolate, especially the dark variety, is healthy when consumed in moderation. It supports healthy circulation, and some studies linked eating chocolate to a reduction in cardiovascular disease and stroke.

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