The large amount of antioxidants, fiber, and potassium make this fruit a super-healthy choice. The carotenoids found in mangoes can help to prevent age-related macular degeneration, the most common cause of vision loss in older people.
Recommended Serving Size: 1 fruit, 135 calories
Give your metabolism a boost with these super-high-fiber fruits. Constipation is one of the most common gastrointestinal complaints in our country, and the incidence increases in those over 60 years old. "Dried plums can really help with digestion," says Bissex. "I recommend them highly."
Recommended Serving Size: 5 fruits, 100 calories
Research shows that the antioxidant lycopene, found in tomatoes, can decrease your risk of getting several forms of cancer including, breast, ovarian, colon, and prostate. And interestingly, canned tomatoes provide significantly more lycopene than fresh tomatoes. "They are very health enhancing," says Bissex. "You don't have to feel guilty eating pizza or pasta. Just be sure to add veggies!"
Recommended Serving Size: 1/2 cup, 40 calories
Originally published on BHG.com, March 2005.