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The Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are considered a superfood because of their great health benefits. These include being fat-free, low sodium, high in fiber, and packed with different vitamins. Check out this sweet potato ravioli recipe in this week's Karen's Wellness Bulletin.

Adding Chard to Your Weekday Dinner

Chard is sought after because of its large, crinkly green leaves. It comes in different colors that include yellow, purple, or red. In addition, all chard varieties are rich in vitamins A, C, and K. Young chard leaves can be eaten raw in salads, but when chard matures, it tastes best steamed, boiled, roasted, sautéed, or in a stew.

Can Vitamin A Reduce Skin Cancer Risk?

Vitamin A is important for many different functions in the body and can even reduce the risk of developing skin cancer. Some sources of Vitamin A include beef liver, fish oils, milk, eggs, leafy green vegetables, orange and yellow vegetables tomatoes, red bell pepper, cantaloupe, mango, and fortified foods.

Reducing Your Breast Cancer Risk with a Healthy Diet

Breast cancer is the most common cancer found in American women and will impact about 1 in 8 women. However, women can reduce their risk of breast cancer significantly by not drinking alcohol, staying physically active, maintaining a healthy weight, and eating a healthy diet.

September is National Fruits and Vegetables Month

The Produce for Better Health Foundation has designated September as National Fruits and Vegetables Month to encourage consumers to eat more fruits and vegetables every day for improved public health. A diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables can help reduce the risk of many leading causes of illness and death, including heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, and obesity.