We say tomato …
… and so does your heart. A Tufts University study found that people who ate a tomato-rich diet had a significantly lower risk of coronary heart disease. The health boost comes from lycopene, an antioxidant that gives tomatoes their colour. In the 11-year study, those who ate the most lycopene had a 25% lower risk. (Watermelon is another rich source of lycopene.)
There aren’t many food trends that satisfy your sweet tooth and protect your heart, but Greek yoghurt with add-ins scores on both. Like all dairy, it’s linked to lower blood pressure, while the probiotics in yoghurt help reduce cholesterol.
Topping your hamburger with avocado may not turn the grill favourite into health food, but research suggests it may help prevent inflammation and stiffness in blood vessels. Just be sure to use enough – about half a medium avo.