Top 10 Foods to Trim Your Waistline and Boost Your Health

10. Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes may have calorie counts and traditional nutrients similar to their white potato cousins, but their bright-orange flesh means they pack in a lot of antioxidants in the form of beneficial beta-carotene. A medium sweet potato has about 115 calories and is a good source of vitamin C, fiber and potassium, but it also has more than a day’s worth of vitamin A (as beta-carotene). Sweet potatoes improve your skin’s health by increasing its ability to protect against the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. In addition, the beta-carotene and other carotenoids present in the orange flesh have known anticancer properties. In a study of more than 7,000 women, researchers found that those with the highest blood levels of carotenoids had significantly reduced risk for breast cancer.

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