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Diet Trends are Mostly Hype

Popular diet fads are often not as healthful as people think. After reviewing studies covering more than 40 years of diet patterns, foods, and nutrients that have been hyped for health, researchers dispel myths about several trends, including:

Juicing leaves out much of the fiber and nutrients of whole fruits

Blood Thinners: Balancing the Benefits and Risks

So-called “blood thinners” (anticoagulant drugs) can help prevent dangerous blood clots in people with the abnormal heart rhythm atrial fibrillation (AFib), in which the atria (the upper chambers of the heart) beat irregularly and ineffectively. “This causes blood to pool in the atria,” says Jonathan Halperin, MD, director of clinical

What It’s Important to Know Your Lipid Profile

Over the years, you’ve probably heard a lot about cholesterol. There’s “good” cholesterol, and “bad” cholesterol, and triglycerides, and they all need to be at the proper bal-ance to keep your heart healthy. But what exactly does that mean?

The combination of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, HDL (“good”) cholesterol, total cholesterol (LDL

Appendix: Glossary

Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA): An essential fatty acid that, along with eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), belongs to a group of fats called omega-3 fatty acids. ALA is found in some plant foods and oils, such as flaxseed, canola, soy, walnuts, and oils extracted from these foods. (See: Omega-3

7. Rethinking Protein Needs

You Might Need More
Most Americans get plenty of protein, despite the marketing hype suggesting otherwise, but an emerging scientific consensus says older adults may need even more. Evidence also is mounting that the timing of older adults’ protein consumption may be important; the traditional, protein-heavy dinner might need to give

Spice Up Your Life With High Blood Pressure Remedies

Spice Up Your Life With High Blood Pressure Remedies

Did you know you may have historical wonder drugs in your cabinet? And we’re not referring to your medicine cabinet. Herbs and spices have been used as antidotes ever since mankind felt the first pangs of pain and illness. Many spices and herbs that you can find in your cabinet are great

Whole Grains, Defined

Since 2000, whole-grain (WG) intake has been included among the recommendations in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. In the 2005 and 2010 Guidelines the message states, “Eat at least 3 (one)-ounce-equivalents of whole grain daily, and at least half of all grains consumed should be whole grain.” Studies show that,

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