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Glycemic Index Chart: GI Ratings for Hundreds of Foods

Glycemic Index Chart: GI Ratings for Hundreds of Foods

The Glycemic Index is a rating system that measures how much a carbohydrate-containing food raises your blood-sugar levels. The lower a food is on the GI, the lower the effect on your blood sugar.

The standardized Glycemic Index ranges from 0 to 100. Zero-glycemic foods—those without carbohydrates—include items like cheese, eggs,

Q&A: Calorie Counting; Vitamin B12

Q. I need advice on how to lose weight the smart, healthy way. Do you think that tallying a daily calorie count would be a good start?
A. So many people want to know how to lose weight, but too many of them aren’t willing to do it the right way.

Condiments Add Flavor—But Watch the Salt

Adding condiments to a meal may seem like an afterthought, but those little squirts and spoonfuls of flavor can add a lot of taste. Condiments can turn a boring sandwich, burger, or soup into a culinary delight. Nutritionally speaking, however, most don’t bring much to a meal, except for a

Cut Cardiovascular Risks With Your Diet

You already know that having high LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and/or blood pressure raises your odds of having cardiovascular disease (CVD), which increases your risk of heart attack, stroke, and other problems that affect your heart and circulatory system—but you may not know just how much your odds drop when you

Vitamin E Supports Heart, Brain, Eye, and Immune Health

You may not hear much about vitamin E, but it more than pulls its weight when it comes to your health. It’s an antioxidant that helps to protect cells from the damaging effects of free radicals (unstable molecules that occur naturally in the body). It boosts immunity, reduces the risk

Editor’s Note: Statins: Not a License to Slack Off

The management of cholesterol and cardiovascular (CV) risk has dramatically changed since the advent of statin drugs (Lipitor, Crestor, Zocor). In the past, patients had only diet and exercise to lower lipid levels. Now, with widespread use of statins, the “knee-jerk” response to hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol) has been statin use.

Mediterranean Diet Delivers Better Quality of Life

The Mediterranean diet, the name used loosely to describe the dietary habits of countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, including Greece, Spain, and Italy, is characterized by foods such as olive oil, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, fish and poultry, whole grains, minimal red and processed meat intake, low intake of

Turn Nutritious Fruits Into Healthy Desserts

Turn Nutritious Fruits Into Healthy Desserts

Fruits provide slow-digesting carbs, various types of fiber, and a host of vitamins, including A, C, E, and K plus several B vitamins. Fruits also provide many important minerals, including calcium, potassium, manganese, magnesium, and copper, along with a cornucopia of phytochemicals. Among plant foods, fruits are especially high in

5 Worst Drinks for Your Body

You’ll be surprised – maybe shocked – by one or more of these top 5 worst drinks for your body! Plenty of delicious alternatives are available, but first learn why these are so harmful. Before you fill up your toddler’s Sippy cup, read this.

Choosing the Healthiest Foods: The Facts About Food Labels

Grocery shopping can become a daunting task when you’re trying to select the healthiest foods. Many shoppers want to know how their foods are grown and raised, and plenty of food pack-ages carry labels that provide clues. But, labels can be confusing—and sometimes misleading. Here is a guide to some

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