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Fruits & Veggies for your health

(People magazine) Kimberly Snyder, nutritionist to the stars and author of The Beauty Detox Foods reveals the foods that help you look fabulous.

For clear, youthful skin:

Red Bell Peppers
Eat a half cup of raw peppers 3 times a week to help regenerate collagen.

Watercress:
Add 1 cup to salads to get vitamins A,C, and E, all useful to treat acne and eczema.

To fight wrinkles:

Pears
The fruit helps neutralize free radical. Munch on a medium one 3 times a week.

Spinach
It's full of beta carotene, which converts to vitamin A and helps your skin retain moisture

For healthy hair and nails:

Pumpkin seeds
They're an excellent source of three things crucial to strong, healthy hair: zinc, sulfur and vitamin A. Snack on ¼ cup raw.

Radishes
They're packed with vitamin C, silicon and sulfur, which work together to build healthy hair.

For bright eyes:

Apples
A great snack, they carry a lot of pectin, a type of fiber that can contribute to better nutrient distribution and lead to brighter, whiter eyes.

Asparagus
It has 288 mg of potassium per cup and is low in sodium the perfect combo to prevent under-eye puffiness.

WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW ABOUT COMMON FRUITS MAY SURPRISE YOU

(thestir.cafemom.com)

Bananas
Not only delicious, filling, and the bane of all carb-avoiding dieters, this "fruit" is hiding something. It's actually an herb! The world's largest, in fact. It is in the same family as lilies. Only people seldom comically slip and fall on lilies. That we know of, anyway.

Apples
Yes, yes, they'll keep the doctor away -- but did you know apples also have enough natural sugar in them to keep you more awake than your morning cup of joe? I'd say this changes everything, but my caffeine addiction can't hear you.

Grapefruit
Sure, fruit is excellent for you, but be wary of grapefruit if you're on certain prescription drugs -- otherwise, this gentle citrus could become your deadly nemesis. This is because grapefruit shuts down the enzymes in your tum that control your body's ability to properly absorb what you put in it. This means, that one pill can have the power of three.

Cranberries
This tart and scrumptious berry has a secret -- not only is it good to eat, it's also fun to play with. Thanks to a natural air pocket in each berry, cranberries bounce.

Strawberries
You guys. Prepare to have your world rocked. Strawberries? Arguably the most delicious of all the berries? Is. Not. A. Berry. Technically, it's not even a fruit! It's like we're in the Matrix or something. Strawberries are actually flowering plants and members of the rose family. The fruit we eat is actually just incidental. A berry is characterized by carrying its seeds internally. Whatever, they are still delicious. 

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