Tag: health and nutrition

In Search of the Best Dietary Supplements

A lot of Americans use dietary supplements, with estimates among adults ranging from 52 percent (per the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2011-2012) to 71 percent (according to a Council for Responsible Nutrition 2016 survey). Common reasons people reach for supplements are to improve or maintain health, enhance energy,

Maintaining Muscle Mass May Help Prolong Your Life

Recent research suggests that the more muscle mass older Americans have, the less likely they are to die prematurely. The findings add to the growing evidence that overall body composition—and not the widely used body mass index, or BMI—is a better predictor of all-cause mortality.

The study, published online Feb. 20,

How Probiotics May Benefit Your Health

Probiotics are a hot topic in the world of health and nutrition—but what are they, and what do they do?

“Basically, probiotics are live microorganisms—bacteria or yeasts—that exert beneficial effects on our health,” says Susan Bowerman, MD, RD, co-director of the Center for Human Nutrition at UCLA. “Probiotics are believed to

9. Hydration and Healthy Beverages

Meeting Your Water Needs
You’ve no doubt heard that everyone should drink eight glasses of water a day, but that’s mostly a myth. What is true is that there’s far more to hydration than counting glasses of water: In addition to water, other beverages, and even foods, can help you meet

Health Claims on Your Food

Have you read your groceries lately? Many of them tout reasons why health-minded shoppers should buy them, such as to lower cholesterol, reduce risk of osteoporosis or prevent cancer. Some sport bright red hearts claiming the products are heart healthy. But can you trust such health claims? It depends. There

What Can Yogurt Do for You?

Americans consume more than $7 billion a year worth of yogurt, with hundreds of new yogurt products introduced annually. In survey after survey, consumers say the healthfulness of yogurt is top among the reasons they eat it.
Research confirms yogurt consumption correlates with a host of health benefits. Yogurt-eaters are more

Newsbites: Snacks; Cooking Shows; Peanuts; Fast-Food Ban; Apples

Vice Beating Virtue in the Snack Aisle
Americans are snacking more than ever, and for the first time in years the trend favors “indulgent” over healthier snacks. Data from market-research firm IRI showed sales for indulgent snacks rose 3.1% in 2014 compared to the previous year, while healthier snack choices rose

Brief Walks May Counter Health Dangers of Too Much Sitting

Multiple studies have warned about the health risks of sitting too much. Hours spent sitting, whether at desks or in front of the television, have been linked to increased odds of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and kidney problems. But modern life can make it difficult to stay out of

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