Dr. Oz's 99 Healthiest Foods -- How Many Are In Your Shopping Cart?

Find out which healthy staples Dr. Mehmet Oz, a cardiothoracic surgeon, author and host of the Dr. Oz Show, recommends plus get tips on how to save at checkout (100 Photos)

Jessica Smith on Apr 13, 2012 at 12:00AM

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Supermarket Staple #4: Bananas

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a Jessica Smith on Mar 23, 2012 at 10:28AM

Why It's a Must Have: Bananas are often mislabeled as a ‘fattening fruit’ but don’t believe that erroneous myth. Not only are these fat-free, 100-calorie fruits easy to eat on the go, but they are a good source of vitamins A and C, fiber and potassium – which could help slim you down. “Bananas are a fantastic source of potassium, which can help reduce blood pressure and prevent water retention,” says Palinski. Get Dr. Oz’s Recipe for Recipe Chocolate-Banana Wontons

Budget Bonus: Good news – you can skip the organic versions of this fruit without worry. “Bananas are one of the least ‘dirty’ fruits,” says Palinski. “Save even more money by purchasing bananas that are still slightly green, since they will last longer.”

Recipes to Try:

Baked Banana Oatmeal

Gingersnap Banana Frozen Yogurt

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