Nutrition

Nutrition

Make Smart Swaps to Improve Your Diet

· · Nutrition

If you’re trying to create healthier meal plans but find it challenging, try a different strategy: Focus on making smart swaps for individual foods.
The Top Foods to Swap
It’s not hard to make healthy swaps if you know the foods that you are better off avoiding. Barbra Heller, RD, a registered  … Read More

False Claims of Miracle Weight-Loss Plans

· · Nutrition

Drink this tea, take this pill, or try these homeopathic drops and you’ll lose weight fast without being hungry and you’ll reset your metabolism! When it comes to easy weight-loss promises, there is no shortage of ridiculous claims. Many are very low calorie (800 calories or less).

Restricting calories will indeed  … Read More

Beware of Chronic Dieting

· · Nutrition

Eating disorders are more prevalent in young adults, but they can develop later in life. Compared to men, women are twice as likely to have an eating disorder. According to clinical psychologist Danyale McCurdy-McKinnon, PhD, Clinical Psychology Director for the UCLA Fit for Healthy Weight Program, undereating, dieting, or just  … Read More

Take a Look at Leeks

· · Nutrition

The Folklore. Native to the Mediterranean and the Near East, leeks have been cultivated for thousands of years. Ancient Greeks and Romans used them for food, and medicinally, for nosebleeds and sore throat. Roman Emperor Nero ate them to improve his singing voice, earning him the nickname Porophagus, or leek  … Read More

The Pluses of Pulses

· · Nutrition

Evidence supporting the fighting power of pulses is stronger than ever. Pulses are an excellent source of fiber and plant-based protein and deliver folate, magnesium, iron and other important vitamins and minerals. Dried beans, peas and lentils have a low carbon footprint making them an eco-friendly food choice.

The Health Benefits  … Read More

To B or Not to B: Getting to Know Niacin

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Niacin (a.k.a. nicotinic acid, nicotinamide, and vitamin B3) is a member of the family of B vitamins, which also includes vitamins B12 and B6, riboflavin, folic acid, pantothenic acid, biotin, and thiamin. Niacin, like a lot of its B brothers, is essential for converting carbohydrates into fuel and for producing  … Read More

A New Take on Yogurt

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Yogurt has gone from a natural foods niche to a staple in the refrigerators of most Americans. A few years ago we were introduced to Greek yogurt, in which the watery whey is removed by straining, leaving a creamier, thicker yogurt with higher protein and lower sugar content. After that,  … Read More

Berries on the Brain

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Americans are eating more berries, and that’s a good idea. Besides being packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber, berries are rich in flavonoids like anthocyanins and flavanols. “Berries are colorful because of bioactive compounds like these,” says Navindra P. Seeram, PhD, an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical and  … Read More

Diarrhea Diet Defense

· · Digestive Health

Diarrhea is not a topic of choice at the dinner table. Nonetheless, it is a common condition that affects many people. An estimated 179 million acute cases occur each year, and five percent of the U.S. population suffers from chronic diarrhea. Diet may help control this condition.

Defining Diarrhea. Whether acute  … Read More



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