(InspirationGP/iStock via Getty Images) On the screen, bananas are a menace. Just ask Charlie Chaplin, Bugs Bunny or anyone who’s played Mario Kart. In your diet, though, bananas can be a boon. Experts have a bunch of reasons to like them and see only a few ways the elongated yellow fruit could cause your health…

(Science Photo Library, Getty Images) Lea en español What do blueberries, spinach and dark chocolate have in common? They’re all rich in flavonoids, the chemical compounds found in plants that give them color – and medicinal powers. Research shows flavonoids provide a wide range of health benefits, from fighting cancer and lowering the risk for…

(Deborah Pendell/Moment, Getty Images) Whether it’s their heart shape, their seductive coloring or just the fact they make such sweet company, strawberries often are associated with romance. And if strawberries be the food of love – eat on, experts say. Strawberries not only taste good, they come with benefits that make them easy to embrace,…

(Arx0nt/iStock, Getty Images) There are a lot of health factors to keep in mind as we navigate through the dietary day: calories, carbohydrates, protein, saturated fat, vitamins and minerals, to name a few. Did you forget fiber? A lot of people do. “We’ve known this forever, and it has to get rediscovered all the time,”…

(tvirbickis/iStock, Getty Images) Lea en español For thousands of years, people have picked up chile peppers to provide their diets with pizazz. There’s no doubt chile peppers are packed with flavor. They also provide a little fiber without salt, sugar, saturated fat or many calories, said professor Linda Van Horn, chief of the nutrition division…

(stockphototrends/iStock, Getty Images) The notion of biting into a bug or chewing on a cricket might make some people a bit squeamish. Don’t squash the idea until giving this food some thought. Some 2 billion people around the world already eat insects to supplement their diet, according to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization….

(nimless/iStock, Getty Images) Lea en español Pomegranates can be a little intimidating. Cutting one open requires some precision. And are they even worth the work to free all those little ruby red buds inside? Nutritionists think so. “Pomegranates are high in dietary fiber and antioxidants,” said Penny Kris-Etherton, the Evan Pugh University Professor of Nutritional…

(Westend61, Getty Images) This story is part of Eat It or Leave It?, a series that provides a closer look at the pros and cons associated with certain foods and drinks – and cooking options if you decide to eat them. The ancient world had a reverential affection for figs. They’re celebrated in both the…