5 Foods With Health Benefits

chocolateDark Chocolate

Boost your mood and your memory (think antioxidants) by savoring dark chocolate. It may also help your heart health. Just 1 oz. is all it takes to feel good and stay slim.

maple syrupMaple Syrup

How sweet is this? Studies have found maple syrup could reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. Just practice portion control … syrup is a form of sugar, after all.


If you need to add a hint of sweetness to a snack, try honey. Research shows it may help ease inflammation, including that caused by arthritis. It’s also a natural cough suppressant.


coffeeGo ahead and have your morning caffeine. From protecting your mind against dementia and Alzheimer’s disease to saving you from skin cancer, recent studies indicate coffee is loaded with health benefits. Grab a friend and enjoy some java.

Pumpkin Pie

pumpkin piePie isn’t the healthiest of foods, but if you’re going to indulge, go with pumpkin. It has fewer calories than other flavors, and the pumpkin puree is a good source of calcium, iron and vitamin A. But, stick to one slice.