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Lycopene-rich foods linked to cardiovascular health, says RD

Lycopene, a carotenoid that gives tomatoes, watermelon and other fruits and veggies their red color, is a valuable antioxidant that may help promote cardiovascular health and fight cancer, according to registered dietitian nutritionist Laura Iu, who offers eight foods high in lycopene with tips on how to prepare them. Consuming fat when eating lycopene-rich foods may lead to optimal absorption, Iu said.

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Study: Plant-based diet may help protect cognitive function

Following a plant-based diet may help slow declines in global cognition, episodic memory and perceptual speed among older African American adults, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association's Epidemiology and Prevention, Lifestyle, and Cardiometabolic Health conference. "These results are informative in facilitating the development of tailored dietary recommendations for the prevention of cognitive decline in diverse populations," researchers wrote.

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RDs say broccoli supports overall health

Broccoli is higher in calcium than some dairy products, making it good for bone health and muscle function, and it's high in vitamin K, which supports immunity, says registered dietitian Desiree Nielsen. Broccoli is also high in insoluble and soluble fibers, vitamin C, potassium, lutein and zeaxanthin, and the antioxidant sulforaphane, which may reduce inflammation, says RD Erica Ingraham.

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RD: Adding produce to water may help boost hydration

Adding lemon or lime to water provides about the same nutrition, and it can help boost hydration, according to registered dietitian Angie Asche. "I am a big fan of adding any produce in general to water to help add some flavor to it," Asche said. "A few of my personal favorites are sliced strawberries or cucumbers."