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This beloved thirst quencher is packed with vitamins A and C, potassium, and the cancer-fighting antioxidant lycopene, according to webmd.com. It’s also one of the richest natural sources of the amino acid L-citrulline, which helps regulate arterial function and may lower blood pressure, as discovered by researchers in a 2010 Florida State University study. Next, check out 6 delicious ways to transition your favorite comfort foods to summer.
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Throw ’em on the barbie! Yes, shrimp contain cholesterol. But the cholesterol you consume from food plays a negligible effect on cholesterol in your bloodstream. (That number tends to spike in response to a higher intake of certain saturated and trans fats.) Shrimp is also high in protein, low in fat, and a good source of heart-protective omega-3s and vitamin B12, according to Outside magazine.