Eat your beans! Nutrient compounds called 'flavonoids' have been found to be effective antioxidants that help protect against heart disease and cancer. These flavonoids are found in the coating of such beans as navy, pintos, kidney, great northern and black beans.
Recent research concludes that antioxidants such as vitamin E may indeed be protection against free radicals that contribute to diseases such as cancer and even arthritis. Exact RDA's are still in contention but it's safe to take 400 International Units daily.
Eating five or six small meals per day is healthier and more conducive to losing weight than three large meals. If you're trying to lose weight, take the content of the three meals you would normally eat, divide it in half and portion it out in five small meals throughout the day.