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​Food can save your life. That's no exaggeration. But if you’re piling your plate high with foods that are high in sugar, unhealthy fats, or eating too much meat and refined carbohydrates, you could be headed for a health disaster. Put the right foods on your plate, though, and you’re arming yourself with one of the most powerful weapons against diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

But what are the right foods?

Study upon study shows that the healthiest diet for most people is one that is centered upon whole foods and that leans heavily on fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains.

With a diet centered on whole foods, you avoid the added sugars, sodium, and unhealthy fats in processed foods. Research shows that eating this way has benefits beyond protecting against illness—a diet rich in fruits and vegetables combats depression, and it’s also way easier on your wallet, and on the planet.

Any whole fruit or vegetable (whether it’s fresh or frozen) is an improvement over processed food, but incorporating organic, sustainably grown produce and pasture-raised meat, eggs, and dairy has additional benefits: Organic produce is free from residual pesticides (here are 3 science-backed ways organic food is better for you). Grass-fed beef is typically leaner than its conventionally raised counterpart, and is higher in cancer-fighting conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), desirable fatty acids like omega-3s, and nutrients like vitamin D, magnesium, and potassium. Milk from grass-fed cows contains more beta-carotene and omega-3 fatty acids, which may prevent dementia as well as heart disease. Even eggs from pasture-raised hens are more nutritious than those raised in battery cages.

Read on for inspiration, ideas, and recipes for how to clean up your diet—for a healthier you and a happier planet.

 

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