Tomatoes, Eggplants, Cucumbers
Children who regularly load up their plates with these veggies, along with green beans and zucchini, are nearly 40 percent less likely to develop symptoms of allergies and asthma compared to kids who rarely ate them, according to a study published in Pediatric Allergy and Immunology. The exact link is not known, but Scott H. Sicherer, MD, an associate professor of pediatrics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, believes explains that these antioxidant-packed, so-called "fruity-vegetables" may protect your body's cells from everyday damage, which makes the immune system healthier. When the immune system's in check, it's less likely to attack foreign substances in food, triggering an allergic reaction.
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