Research can be entertaining, and we all seem to have more time on our hands to do just that. I have been looking into foods that are the best immune boosters as well as the worst. The top of both lists are sweets — the worst being sweets like candy, ice cream, cookies and cakes, and one of the best being sweet potatoes. Let’s start with the worst — some of which are my favorites. I won’t go into much detail as it is pretty obvious why they are bad. Hint: sugar.

Foods to avoid

Avoid soda. This was always my go-to beverage for years. I used to drink four or five a day, and now I have about the same amount in a year. I decided to switch to unsweetened ice tea and water 25 years ago, which caused me to lose 15 pounds almost instantly.