A varied, balanced diet is the cornerstone of healthy living for everyone, yet healthy eating can sometimes mean different things depending on your gender. While there are some foods we should all be eating more of, men and women also have their own set of dietary requirements as well as their own unique health concerns. Here are three foods all women should eat.
Butternut squash - like many other yellow/orange fruit and vegetables - is packed with carotenoids such as alpha-carotene and beta-carotene. While carotenes should be included in everybody's diet, they may prove essential to women's health as a high-carotenoid diet has been linked to lowered risks of both breast and ovarian cancer.
Flax seeds are a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids and have been linked to reduced risk of breast cancer and heart disease. The seeds' anti-inflammatory properties are also good for preventing arthritis, while their digestive benefits can help irritable bowel syndrome; two painful conditions which are more prevalent in women than men.
Salmon has a multitude of health benefits for women. Not only is it rich in iron - which is integral to the diets of premenopausal women - but it is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which can help beat depression (something that affects twice as many women as men) and prevent mood swings. Salmon can also boost babies' intelligence when eaten during pregnancy.