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9. Green Tea Bags

With each sip of unsweetened green tea, you get two potent flavonoids -- anthocyanin and proanthocyanidin -- as well as a healthy dose of catechin. All are powerful phytochemicals with suspected antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action in the body. And the best part of drinking more green tea (choose decaf if you are sensitive to caffeine) is that you are likely drinking less of other beverages on the “worst” list above, like sodas or fruit drinks.

10. Dark Chocolate With 60% Cacao or Unsweetened Cocoa

Possible health benefits stem from the cacao plant being extraordinarily rich in antioxidant phytochemicals called flavonols. Leopold agrees that dark chocolate is one of the best foods to put in your pantry, although more research needs to be done. Recent studies suggest that dark chocolate and cocoa may ease emotional stress, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, decrease blood pressure, and increase insulin sensitivity. But keep in mind, dark chocolate is also loaded with fat, sugar, and calories, so enjoy a small portion.

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