15 Foods You Wouldn't Think Are Good For You

We love food just as we love our family. It can be hard to keep healthy amidst all the delicious foods surrounding us, but certain foods are indeed good for everyone. Click through to learn our 15 foods that are surprisingly good for you.

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1. Coffee

Coffee may have a bad rep for our health, but when taken in moderation, a coffee a day can actually increase our lifespan and is extremely high in antioxidants.

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2. Berries and Cherries

These beautiful fruits supply plenty of vitamin C to build collagen, which keeps your skin firm and smooth. They also have flavonoids and antioxidants that can protect healthy cells from damage.

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3. Avocado

Studies show that avocado loaded with healthy fats could help rid belly fat. It can also protect your eyes and skin, while lowering "bad" cholesterol levels and boosting the "good" cholesterol.

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4. Papaya

Papaya contains abundant beta carotene and lycopene - antioxidants that can lower your chance of getting cervical and breast cancers, and help ward off heart disease.

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5. Butter

Although butter is considered the sin of all sins in the matter of healthy foods, It's rich in fat-soluble vitamins and fatty acids which have surprisingly good health benefits.

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6. Edamame

These tasty soybean pods are packed with fiber, good fats, and estrogen-like compounds called isoflavones which can help cool hot flashes during menopause.

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7. Bread

We’ve been taught that bread is the devil, but whole wheat bread is actually good for you because it's packed with loads of overlooked nutrients such as protein, fiber, B vitamins, and antioxidants.

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8. Plain, Low-Fat Yogurt

When you get into your 50s, you'll need more calcium. Fortunately, yogurt has a great deal of it - just 8 ounces will provide you with over a third of the suggested daily intake amount of calcium.

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9. Walnuts

Walnuts are packed with healthy fatty acids which may help prevent cancer. Use them as a topping for yogurt to maximize the benefits!

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10. Kale

These green leaves are full of vitamin K, which works with calcium and vitamin D to keep your bones strong and healthy.

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11. Asparagus

Like kale, asparagus could provide a third of bone-building vitamin K you need for the day. It's also filled with folate which helps prevent birth defects like spina bifida.

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12. Grapefruit

This tasty fruit is full of "flavonoids" which help lower the likelihood of certain kinds of strokes in women and is also good for your heart.

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13. Sweet Potato

Sweet potatoes are the total package with copper, fiber, vitamin B6, potassium, iron... Best of all, they're chock-full of beta carotene, which fortifies your baby's lungs during your pregnancy and breastfeeding.

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14. Spinach

Loaded with folate, spinach, on top of its prenatal perks, lowers your chances of getting dementia, heart disease, and colon cancer. It also protects the lens and retina in your eye and may even ward off a few wrinkles.

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15. Sardines

These little guys are abundant in healthy fatty acids, vitamin D, calcium, and especially omega-3 fats that can improve the quality of breast milk.

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